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Ater (witness)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The ancestor (or head) of a postexilic clan mentioned in connection with Hezekiah; the clan of Ater returned to Judah from exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:16; Neh 7:21; 1 Esdras 5:15). The leader of the family was also one of the men who signed the written agreement to keep the law during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (Neh 10:17). This Ater is not the same as Ater the gatekeeper, who is mentioned later in the list of returnees as the ancestor of a family of temple gatekeepers (Ezra 2:42; Neh 7:45; 1 Esdras 5:28). For further discussion of the connection between Ater and Hezekiah, see this article: Hezekiah, Ancestor of Exiles.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ater of Hezekiah
Ater of Hezekiah (אָטֵר‎, ater). The ancestor (or head) of a postexilic clan mentioned in connection with Hezekiah; the clan of Ater returned to Judah from exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:16; Neh 7:21; 1 Esdras 5:15). The leader of the family was also one of the men who signed the written agreement to keep
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ater (Person)
ATER (PERSON) [Heb ʾāṭēr (אָטֵר‎)]. 1. Head of a family of Babylonian exiles listed as returnees under the leadership of Zerubbabel and others (Ezra 2:16 = Neh 7:21 = 1 Esdr 5:15). The leader of the clan affixed the family name to the covenant document of Nehemiah in Neh 10:18—Eng 10:17. Since Ater
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ater
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
Ater
Ater āʹtər [Heb. ’āṭēr—‘crippled’; Gk. Atēr, Atar]; AV Apoc. ATEREZIAS (1 Esd. 5:15), JATAL (5:28); NEB also ATAR (5:28). The ancestor of a family that returned to Palestine under Zerubbabel (Ezr. 2:16; Neh. 7:21; 1 Esd. 5:28). Some family members were gatekeepers (Ezr. 4:24; Neh. 7:45; 1 Esd.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ater
ATER1. 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 HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ater
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
Ater
ATER1. The ancestral head of one of the large families of returning exiles (Ezr 2:16; Neh 7:45).2. The chief of a family of returning exiles who with Nehemiah sealed the covenant (Neh 10:17).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ater
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
Ater
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
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Ater
ATER (aʹter).1. The name of a man ninety of whose descendants returned from exile in Babylon (Ezra 2:16; Neh. 7:21; 10:17).2. The name of a man whose sons were Levitical gatekeepers in the Temple of Zerubbabel following the Exile (Ezra 2:42; Neh. 7:45).e.h.m.
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