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Give reasons why Nehemiah carried out religious reforms in Judah

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  • To preserve the identity of the Jews as the people of God.
  • To separate the Jews from foreign influence.
  • To purify the temple which had been defiled by keeping a foreigner.
  • To reinstate the services of the Levites as priests/singers of the temple.
  • To restore the tithing system that had been forgotten for the upkeep of the temple.
  • To ensure that the Sabbath day was free from business activities/kept it holy.
  • He wanted the Israelites to remain faithful to the covenant way of life.
  • He wanted to uphold the Hebrew language of the covenant people which had been neglected due to intermarriages.
  • To restore true worship of Yahwe /God
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