ESDRAS (EZRA) (Saint) Prophet (July 13) (6th century B.C.) Two canonical Books of Holy Scripture bear his superscription, and two others, rejected by the Catholic Church and Apocryphal, were formerly attributed to him. He collected the inspired works of those who had preceded him, and is by many thought to have written the Books of Parallelipomenon or Chronicles. The tradition is that he lived to a great age in Jerusalem after the return from the Captivity of Babylon. The ancient hypothesis that he was one and the same with the Prophet Malachi must be rejected. Esdras is said to have introduced the practice of writing Hebrew uniformly from right to left instead of, as was done before his time, alternately from right to left and from left to right.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Esdras”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 January 2013. Web. 25 May 2015. <>