Why did the small towns of Judah send people to live in Jerusalem?

Why did the small towns of Judah send people to live in Jerusalem? In Nehemiah’s time, Jerusalem was only one-fourth the size it had been before the exile. No one wanted to live in a city without defensive walls. Once the walls were completed, however, the community leaders wanted Jeru­salem to become a thriving capital city once again. This meant transplanting citizens from the small towns (11:1–2).

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