The term (ha-)kohen ha-rosh, however, only appears in the books of Ezra
and Chronicles, i.
The inclusion of the formerly excluded becomes a prime expression of God's initial command to the newly returned from exile, fearful of miscegenation and idolatry (see the Books of Ezra
, Nehemiah, and Ruth), to "maintain justice, and do what is right.
When you read the strongly spiritual books of Ezra
and Nehemiah, you get a glimpse of the passionate concern which these two men had for the religious observances and the political aspiration of the Jews in exile.
In Baba Batra 14b-15a, Sanhedrin 93b, the books of Ezra
and Nehemiah were considered one book called "Ezra.
In fact, this openness to marriages with others is one of the most significant differences between the Chronicler and the author of the books of Ezra