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Arah (father of Shecaniah)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The eponymous ancestor of an Israelite clan that returned from exile in Babylon with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:5; Neh 7:10). Several passages in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah list the names of families or clans represented among the community of Jews who had returned to Judah from exile in Babylon (e.g., Ezra 2:3–39; 8:1–14; 10:25–43; Neh 7:8–42; compare 1 Esdras 5:9–25). These names are frequently used to identify which family group various members of the community belong to. There was an Arah, son of Ulla, who was the head of a clan of the tribe of Asher (1 Chr 7:39–40), but it is unclear whether the same family is meant in Ezra and Nehemiah. Nehemiah 6:18 indicates that Tobiah the Ammonite had married into the family of Arah, marrying a daughter of Shecaniah.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Arah, Father of Shecaniah
Arah, Ancestor of a Family of Returned Exiles (אָרַח‎, arach). The eponymous ancestor of an Israelite clan that returned from exile in Babylon with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:5; Neh 7:10). Several passages in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah list the names of families or clans represented among the community of
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Arah (Person)
ARAH (PERSON) [Heb ʾārāḥ (אָרָח‎)]. 1. Head of a family of Babylonian exiles who are listed as returnees under the leadership of Zerubbabel and others (Ezra 2:5 = Neh 7:10 = 1 Esdr 5:10). Later in the postexilic period Tobiah, the adversary of Nehemiah, married a woman from the family of Arah (Neh
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Arah
Arah. 1. Ulla’s son from Asher’s tribe (1 Chr 7:39).2. Ancestor of a group of people that returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after the exile (Ezr 2:5; Neh 7:10).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Arah (father of Shecaniah)
2. [GK. Ares, Aree]; AV and NEB Apoc. ARES. The head of a family that returned from the Exile with Zerubbabel (Ezr. 2:5; Neh. 7:10; 1 Esd. 5:10). He is usually identified with Arah of Neh. 6:18, whose granddaughter became the wife of Tobiah, the Ammonite who tried to thwart Nehemiah in rebuilding Jerusalem.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Arah
ARAH1. Ulla’s son from Asher’s tribe (1 Chr 7:39).2. Ancestor of a group of people that returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after the exile (Ezr 2:5; Neh 7:10).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Arah
Arah (air´uh).1 An Asherite, son of Ulla, who appears in a list of heads of houses, warriors, and chief princes (1 Chron. 7:39).2 An ancestor of 775 people who returned from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:5), though Neh. 7:10 cites a census of his descendants as numbering 652. Some of his descendants
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Arah
ARAH. A man of the tribe of Asher (1 Chr 7:39). His numerous descendants returned from the Exile with Zerubbabel (Ezr 2:5; Neh 6:18; 7:10).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Arah
Arah (Heb. ʾāraḥ)1. The oldest son of Ulla of the tribe of Asher (1 Chr. 7:39).2. An Israelite whose descendants (775, according to Ezra 2:5; 652 at Neh. 7:10) returned from the Exile at the time of Zerubbabel. He is probably the same as the Arah mentioned at Neh. 6:18, whose son Shecaniah was the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Arah
A´rah (wayfaring).1. An Asherite, of the sons of Ulla. 1 Chron. 7:39.2. The sons of Arah returned with Zerubbabel in number 775 according to Ezra 2:5, but 652 according to Neh. 7:10. (b.c. 536.) One of his descendants, Shechaniah, was the father-in-law of Tobiah the Ammonite. Neh. 6:18.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Arah
A´RAH (aʹrā; “wayfaring”).1. The first named of the three sons of Ulla, of the tribe of Asher (1 Chron. 7:39).2. An Israelite, whose posterity (variously stated as 775 and 652 in number) returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:5; Neh. 7:10), 536 b.c. He is probably the same as the Arah whose
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Arah
ARAH [A rah] — the name of two Old Testament men:1. A son of Ulla, of the tribe of Asher (1 Chr. 7:39).2. The father of a family that returned from the Captivity with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:5; Neh. 7:10).
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Shecaniah Son