In the book Who Wrote the Bible?, a strong case is made that Ezra is the redactor who wound the strands of Israelite (northern) and Judah (southern) scripture into the Torah, reading it to the assembled community for five hours one morning after returning from Persia.
The book also considers Jeremiah as the potential author of about half a dozen OT books that may describe events around this time period you are researching. Have you read this book and if so, how does your recent research correlate with the book's conclusion that Ezra and Jeremiah were each significant contributors to the development of the Old Testament?
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