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Barzillai (family of exiles)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A family that returned to Judah following the Babylonian exile but were unable to prove that they were descendants of Levi. Relatives of Barzillai the Gileadite (Ezra 2:61–62; Neh 7:63–64).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BARZILLAI (PERSON) [Heb barzillay (בַּרְזִלַּי)]. The name of three men in the OT.1. A Gileadite who supported David during his difficulties with Absalom (2 Sam 17:27–29). When David, hounded from Jerusalem by Absalom, camped at Mahanaim, Barzillai supplied him with materials and food from his own considerable
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Barzillai. 1. One of three men who offered hospitality to David and his supporters at Mahanaim during the dangerous time of Absalom’s rebellion (2 Sm 17:27). After Absalom was defeated, Barzillai, a Gileadite, came to the Jordan River as David prepared to cross it in a triumphant return to Jerusalem.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Barzillai (family of exiles)
2. The father of a family of priests who in Ezra’s time, after the return of the exiles, could not trace their genealogy, “so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.” This Barzillai had taken “a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite,” and had adopted his wife’s family name (Ezr.
Barzillai bär-zilʹī [Heb. bārzillay; Gk. Berzelli]; AV Apoc. BERZELUS.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BARZILLAI1. One of three men who offered hospitality to David and his supporters at Mahanaim during the dangerous time of Absalom’s rebellion (2 Sm 17:27). After Absalom was defeated, Barzillai, a Gileadite, came to the Jordan River as David prepared to cross it in a triumphant return to Jerusalem.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Barzillai (bahr-zil´i).1 One of three wealthy individuals from the region of Gilead who sent food and other supplies to David and his followers when they were at Mahanaim during the rebellion of David’s son Absalom (2 Sam. 17:27–29). Invited to become a part of David’s court at Jerusalem, Barzillai
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BARZILLAI1. A wealthy octogenarian of Gilead, E and N of Jordan, who met David at Mahanaim (Gen 32:2) near the Jabbok River during the king’s flight from Absalom, and gave provisions to David’s men (2 Sam 17:27–29). As he and David parted at the Jordan on the king’s return, he refused the royal invitation
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BARZILLAI (‘Man of iron’). 1. ‘The Gileadite of Rogelim’ (2 Sa. 17:27, etc.), a faithful follower of David. 2. A relation of the above by marriage who took the family name (Ezr. 2:61), and is called ‘Jaddus’ in 1 Esdras 5:38. 3. ‘The Meholathite’, whose son Adriel married Saul’s daughter Merab (1 Sa.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Barzillai (Heb. barzillay)1. A Gileadite of Rogelim who brought food and supplies to David and his followers at Mahanaim during Absalom’s rebellion (2 Sam. 17:27–29). David offered Barzillai a permanent residence in Jerusalem as a member of the royal court, but he declined the offer because of his advanced
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Barzil´la-i (iron, i.e., strong).1. A wealthy Gileadite who showed hospitality to David when he fled from Absalom. 2 Sam. 17:27. (b.c. 1023.) He declined the king’s offer of ending his days at court. 2 Sam. 19:32–39.2. A Meholathite, whose son Adriel married Michal, Saul’s daughter. 2 Sam. 21:8. (b.c.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BARZIL´LAI (bar-zilʹî; “of iron”).1. A wealthy and aged Gileadite of Rogelim, who showed great hospitality to David when he fled beyond the Jordan from his son Absalom, c. 967 b.c. He sent in a liberal supply of provisions, beds, and other conveniences for the use of the king’s followers (2 Sam. 17:27–29).