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A member of the family of Bebai in the postexilic Jewish community. Athlai was listed among those who agreed to Ezra’s demand to divorce his foreign wife (Ezra 10:28).
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ATHLAI (PERSON) [Heb ʿatlāy (עַתְלָי)]. A descendant of Bebai and one of the returned exiles who was required to divorce his foreign wife (Ezra 10:28). Athlai is a shortened form of Athaliah—“Yahweh has revealed his loftiness” (IPN, 191). In the parallel text of 1 Esdr 9:29, the name Emathis appears
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