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Bani (Ezr. 2:10)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Ancestor (or head) of a family who returned to Judah from exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:10). 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). The name Bani (בָּנִי‎, baniy) is one of several family names mentioned regularly in these lists (e.g., Ezra 2:10; 8:10; 10:29, 34; compare 1 Esdras 8:36). Since the same family names appear repeatedly in these lists, the various references to the descendants of Bani could all be referring to the same extended family. However, Bani was a fairly common name. For example, several Levites mentioned in Nehemiah are named Bani (Neh 3:17; 8:7; 9:4–5; 11:22). The parallel reference to Ezra 2:10 is found in Nehemiah 7:15 where the name reads Binnui (בנוי‎, bnwy). Both Bani and Binnui are shortened forms of the name Benaiah (בניה‎, bnyh).Ezra 8:10 indicates that 160 men descended of Bani, led by Shelomith, son of Josiphiah, returned from exile with Ezra. While the name “Bani” is missing from the text of Ezra 8:10, its appearance in the parallel list at 1 Esdras 8:36 shows this was a textual error in Ezra 8:20. One of the leaders of this family was also among those leaders of the people who signed the written agreement to keep the law during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (Neh 10:15). Descendants of Bani—either of this family or of another Bani or both—were among those found to have taken foreign wives but who agreed to divorce them per Ezra’s demand (Ezra 10:29, 34; see Bani, Ancestor of Meshullam; Bani, Ancestor of Maadai).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bani, Ancestor of a Family of Returned Exiles
Bani, Ancestor of a Family of Returned Exiles (בָּנִי‎, baniy). Ancestor (or head) of a family who returned to Judah from exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:10). 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
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bani (Person)
BANI (PERSON) [Heb bānı̂ (בָּנִי)]. The name of several persons found especially in the postexilic literature of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah. Bānı̂ is a short form of the more recognizable name BENAIAH [Heb bĕnāyāh, bĕnāyāhû], meaning “Yahweh has built” (from the root bānâ, “to build”).1.
Binnui (Person)
BINNUI (PERSON) [Heb binnûy (בִּנּוּי)]. Var. BELNUUS. A short form of the name BENAIAH (“Yahweh has built”), often confused with (or substituted for) BANI, another name popular in levitical circles during the postexilic period.1. Binnui, the father of one Noadiah, a Levite under Ezra charged with
Sabannus (Person)
SABANNUS (PERSON) [Gk Sabannys (Σαβαννυς)]. The Greek reading for Binnui (RSV) in 1 Esdr 8:62—Eng v 63. See BINNUI.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bani
Bani. 1. Member of Gad’s tribe and warrior among David’s mighty men who were known as “the thirty” (2 Sm 23:36).2. Shemer’s son and ancestor of Ethan. Ethan was the Levite of Merari’s line in charge of the music in the tabernacle during King David’s reign (1 Chr 6:46).3. Member of Judah’s tribe and
Binnui
Binnui. 1. Noadiah’s father. Noadiah was a Levite in charge of weighing temple valuables after the exile (Ezr 8:33). Possibly the same as #4 below.2. Pahath-moab’s son or descendant. He obeyed Ezra’s exhortation to divorce his pagan wife after the exile (Ezr 10:30).3. According to the Apocrypha and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Anniuth
Anniuth a-nīʹəth [GK. B Anniouth, A Annous] (1 Esd. 9:48); AV ANUS; NEB ANNUS. One of the Levites who interpreted the law to the people, listed as Bani in the parallel Neh. 9:38.
Bani (Ezra 2:10)
4. A family that returned with Zerubbabel (Ezr. 2:10), and who had taken foreign wives (10:29); the same as Binnui of Neh. 7:15.
Belnuus
Belnuus belʹnoo̅-əs [Gk. Balnouos, B Balnous, Lucian Banoui] (1 Esd. 9:31); AV, NEB, BALNUUS. One who put away his foreign wife. Cf. Binnui in Ezr. 10:30.
Binnui
4. One whose descendants (a family of 648) returned with Zerubbabel (Neh. 7:15; cf. Ezr. 2:10, “Bani”).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bani
BANI1. Member of Gad’s tribe and warrior among David’s mighty men who were known as “the thirty” (2 Sm 23:36).2. Shemer’s son and ancestor of Ethan. Ethan was the Levite of Merari’s line in charge of the music in the tabernacle during King David’s reign (1 Chr 6:46).3. Member of Judah’s tribe and
Binnui
BINNUI1. Noadiah’s father. Noadiah was a Levite in charge of weighing temple valuables after the exile (Ezr 8:33). Possibly the same as #4 below.2. Pahath-moab’s son or descendant. He obeyed Ezra’s exhortation to divorce his pagan wife after the exile (Ezr 10:30).3. According to the Apocrypha and
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bani
Bani (bay´ni).1 One of the group of David’s elite warriors known as “the Thirty” (2 Sam. 23:36).2 A Levite in the line of Ethan who served at the time of David (1 Chron. 6:46).3 The head of a family of returned exiles (Ezra 2:10; 10:29; Neh. 10:14); he may be the person called Binue in Neh. 7:15.
Binnui
Binnui (bin´yoo-i; Heb., “built” or “building”).1 The ancestor of a family group who returned with Zerubbabel from the Babylonian exile (Neh. 7:15). Since the names Bani and Binnui are elsewhere associated (Ezra 10:38; see 2 below), it is possible that “descendants of Binnui” (Neh. 7:15) and the “descendants
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bani
BANI1. A Gadite warrior, one of David’s 30 mighty men (2 Sam 23:36).2. A chorister of the Levitical family of Merari in David’s time (1 Chr 6:31, 46).3. The progenitor of a family of the tribe of Judah whose descendants are listed among those returning from the Exile (1 Chr 9:4; Ezr 2:10; 10:29, 34).
Binnui
BINNUI. A name common at the time of Israel’s return from Exile.1. The father of a Levite named Noadiah (Ezr 8:33). The latter assisted in weighing the silver, gold, and vessels which Ezra brought from Babylon.2. The son of Pahath-moab (Ezr 10:30). During the revival under Ezra, this lay Israelite
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bani
Bani (Heb. bānɩ̂)Perhaps an abbreviated form of Benaiah; however, since both names appear in the same lists, it is not likely that they are identical.1. A Gadite who was a lesser member of David’s elite warrior group known as the “Thirty” (2 Sam. 23:36). The parallel account reads “Hagri” (1 Chr.
Binnui
Binnui (Heb. binnŝy) (also BANI)1. One of the sons of Pahath-moab who was compelled to divorce his foreign wife (Ezra 10:30).2. The father of 13 sons who were forced to divorce their foreign wives (Ezra 10:38).3. The head of a family whose descendants returned from exile with Zerubbabel (Neh. 7:15).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bani
Bani [bāˊnī (Heb. bānî “founder”; perhaps an abbreviated form of Benaiah).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bani
Ba´ni (built).1. A Gadite, one of David’s mighty men. 2 Sam. 23:36. (b.c. 1046.)2. A Levite of the line or Merari, and forefather to Ethan. 1 Chron. 6:46.3. A man of Judah of the line of Pharez. 1 Chron. 9:4.4. “Children of Bani” returned from captivity with Zerubbabel. Ezra 2:10; 10:29, 34; Neh.
Binnu-i
Bin´nu-i (familyship).1. A Levite, father of Noadiah. Ezra 8:33.2. One who had taken a foreign wife. Ezra 10:30.3. Another Israelite who had also taken a foreign wife. Ezra 10:38.4. Altered from Bani in the corresponding list in Ezra. Neh. 7:15.5. A Levite, son of Henadad, who assisted at the reparation
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bani
BA´NI (ba-ni; “built”).1. A Gadite, one of David’s mighty men (2 Sam. 23:36), about 1000 b.c.2. A Levite, son of Shemer and father of Amzi, a descendant of Merari (1 Chron. 6:46).3. A descendant of Perez and father of Imri, one of whose descendants returned from Babylon (1 Chron. 9:4) long before
Binnui
BIN´NUI (binʹnū-i; “built”).1. A Levite whose son, Noadiah, was one of those who assisted in weighing the gold and silver designed for the divine service on the restoration from Babylon (Ezra 8:33), about 457 b.c.2. One of the “sons” of Pahath-moab, who put away his foreign wife on the return from
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bani
Banibuilt. (1.) 1 Chr. 6:46. (2.) One of David’s thirty-seven warriors, a Gadite (2 Sam. 23:36). (3.) Ezra 2:10; 10:29, 34, 38. (4.) A Levite who was prominent in the reforms on the return from Babylon (Neh. 8:7; 9:4, 5). His son Rehum took part in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem (Neh. 3:17).