The first six chapters of the book of Ezra center around an alleged correspondence between the Persian Emporer's court and the local authorities of Palestine under Persian rule. Without question, these letters were crucial to the editors of Ezra-Nehemiah. But why? What does the reproduction of this alleged official correspondence mean to the final editors of Ezra-Nehemiah?
Smith-Christopher, Daniel L., "Resistance in a 'Culture of Permission:' Sociological Readings of the Correspondence with Persian Authorities in Ezra 1-7" (1996). Truth's Bright Embrace: Essays and Poems in Honor of Arthur O. Roberts. 4.