literature of the Diaspora and Return.
For this assignment you will compose two letters, a conversation between someone who has returned home to Israel and witnessed the dedication of the rebuilt Temple (Nehemiah 8-9) and someone who is still living away from the land, in Persia (Esther).
Questions to consider for your returned citizen: What are you excited about? What is going on in town? How will you worship your God now that you are back home?
Questions to consider for your diaspora citizen: What are your fears? How are you maintaining your identity, religious practice, and traditions away from home?