The prophet Sophonias (aka. Zephaniah)

“Sophonias is very much a Saint of Advent. A purification of the people is to be had, he says, and this remnant that is so often mentioned are those people who had placed their trust in God and not fallen into idolatry; they would survive the great tragedy to come.”

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On the Jewish priest Esdras (aka. Ezra, memorial day, the 13th of July)

“…the last half millenium of the history of the Hebrew people before the birth of Christ. It was during this period that the specific Jewish identity was fashioned and strengthened as the people fortified Jerusalem…”

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