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One of the leaders of the postexilic Jewish community who signed the written agreement to keep the law during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (Neh 10:26).
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ANAN (PERSON) [Heb ʿānān (עָנָן)]. A signatory to the code of Nehemiah and a lay leader of the people (Neh 10:26). The name comes from the Heb root ʿnn = “appear.” Along with Anani, who is mentioned in 1 Chr 3:24, the name may be an abbreviated form of the name Ananiah, who is a lay leader mentioned
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