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The ancestor of a family of gatekeepers who returned from exile to Jerusalem and Judah (Ezra 2:42, Neh 7:45, 1 Esdras 5:28). This Ater is not to be confused with Ater of Hezekiah (Ezra 2:16; Neh 7:21; 1 Esdras 5:15).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ater. 1. Ancestor of a group of people who returned to Judah with Zerubbabel after the exile (Ezr 2:16; Neh 7:21).2. Ancestor of a family of gatekeepers who also returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Ezr 2:42; Neh 7:45).3. Political leader who signed Ezra’s covenant of faithfulness to God with Nehemiah
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ater (ay´tuhr).1 A family group (“descendants of Ater”) who returned with Zerubbabel from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:16).2 A family group of gatekeepers who returned from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:42).3 A member of the postexilic community who signed Ezra’s covenant to keep the law (Neh. 10:17);
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ater (Heb. ʾāṭēr)1. The ancestor of a family that returned from Exile under Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:16 = Neh. 7:21).2. A Levite, the head of a family of gatekeepers returning to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:42 = Neh. 7:45).3. An Israelite chief who set his seal on the renewed covenant under Nehemiah
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
A´ter (shut up).1. The children of Ater were among the porters or gatekeepers of the temple who returned with Zerubbabel. Ezra 2:42; Neh. 7:45.2. The children of Ater of Hezekiah to the number of 98 returned with Zerubbabel, Ezra 2:16; Neh. 7:21, and were among the heads of the people who signed the