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Bebai (ancestor of exiles)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Ancestor of an exiled family that returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:11; Neh 7:16). Ezra 8:11 mentions that 28 men from the family of Bebai, led by Zechariah, returned from exile with Ezra. Members of this family were among those found to have taken foreign wives but who agreed to divorce them per Ezra’s demand (Ezra 10:28). 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 10:15).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bebai, Ancestor of Exiles
Bebai, Ancestor of a Family of Returned Exiles (בֵּבַי‎, bevay). Ancestor of an exiled family that returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:11; Neh 7:16). Ezra 8:11 mentions that 28 men from the family of Bebai, led by Zechariah, returned from exile with Ezra. Members of this family were among those
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bebai (Person)
BEBAI (PERSON) [Heb bēbāy (בֵּבָי)]. The name of two individuals in the Hebrew Bible.1. The eponymous ancestor of a group of returning exiles from Babylon (Ezra 2:11). Under Zerubbabel, the number of Bebai’s descendants varies from 623 (Ezra 2:11) to 633 (1 Esdr 5:13, Codex Vaticanus) to 628 (Neh
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bebai
Bebai. 1. Ancestor of a family that returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after the exile (Ezr 2:11; 8:11; Neh 7:16). Some of the members of that family were guilty of marrying foreign women (Ezr 10:28).2. Levitical leader of Israel who signed Ezra’s covenant of faithfulness to God with Nehemiah and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bebai
Bebai bēʹb:[Heb. bēḇay; Gk. Bēbai].1. AV also BABI; NEB also BABI, BEBAE. The head of a family that returned with Ezra to Jerusalem (Ezr. 8:11; 1 Esd. 8:37). One of his descendants was Zechariah, the son of Bebai (Ezr. 8:11; 1 Esd. 8:37). Of his descendants, 623 returned with Zerubbabel to Jerusalem
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bebai (Person)
BEBAI (Person)1. Ancestor of a family that returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after the exile (Ezr 2:11; 8:11; Neh 7:16). Some of the members of that family were guilty of marrying foreign women (Ezr 10:28).2. Levitical leader of Israel who signed Ezra’s covenant of faithfulness to God with Nehemiah
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bebai
Bebai (bee´bi).1 The leader of a family of 623 people who returned to Judea from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:11; Neh. 7:16 credits 628 returnees to the family). Specific mention is made of a son named Zechariah (Ezra 8:11) and of four additional descendants, named Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bebai
BEBAI. A chief of returning exiles from the Captivity (Ezr 2:11, 8:11; 10:28; Neh 7:16; 10:15).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bebai
Bebai (Heb. bēḇay)1. An Israelite whose descendants returned from the Exile, some of them under Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:11 = Neh. 7:16) and some under Ezra (Ezra 8:11).2. An Israelite, one of the chiefs of the people who set his seal to the renewed covenant under Nehemiah (Neh. 10:15 [MT 16]).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Beba-i
Beb´a-i (fatherly).1. “Sons of Bebai,” 623 (Neh. 628) in number, returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel, Ezra 2:11; Neh. 7:16 (b.c. 536), and at a later period twenty-eight more under Zechariah, son of Bebai, returned with Ezra. Ezra 8:11. Four of this family had taken foreign wives. Ezra 10:28. The
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bebai
BEB´AI (beʹbaī).1. The head of one of the families that returned with Zerubbabel from Babylon (about 536 b.c.) to the number of 623 (Ezra 2:11) or 628 (Neh. 7:16). At a later period 28 more, under Zechariah, returned with Ezra (Ezra 8:11), about 457 b.c. Several of his sons were among those who had
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bebai
BebaiBebai (beeʹbī). 1 A large family group (‘sons of Bebai’) who returned from the Babylonian captivity with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:11). 2 A second, smaller group led by Zechariah, Bebai’s son, who returned from Exile with Ezra (Ezra 8:11). 3 A member of the postexilic community who signed the covenant
See also
Relatives
Hananiah Son
Johanan Son
Zechariah Son
Zabbai Son
Athlai Son