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Bigvai (exile)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A leader of the exiles who returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2; Neh 7:7). Bigvai is also named as the head of a group of over 2000 people who returned from exile (Ezra 2:14; Neh 7:19). Bigvai is the only leader mentioned in Ezra 2:2 and Neh 7:7 whose name also appears in Ezra and Nehemiah as the name of a postexilic clan (Ezra 2:14; 8:14; Neh 7:19; 10:17). It is uncertain whether the leader named in Ezra 2:2 is also the eponymous ancestor of the clan. Ezra 8:14 mentions that 70 men of the clan of Bigvai, led by Uthai and Zaccur, returned from exile with Ezra. A later 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 10:16; see Bigvai the Witness).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bigvai the Exile
Bigvai the Exile (בִּגְוַי‎, bigway). A leader of the exiles who returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2; Neh 7:7). Bigvai is also named as the head of a group of over 2000 people who returned from exile (Ezra 2:14; Neh 7:19). Bigvai is the only leader mentioned in Ezra 2:2 and Neh 7:7 whose name
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bigvai (Person)
BIGVAI (PERSON) [Heb bigway (בִּגְוַי)]. Etymology uncertain. Noth maintains Persian derivation (IPN 64). From Elephantine (Papyri 30.1; 32.1), a governor of Judah (410–407 b.c.e.) is named Bagohi (Aram bgwhy).1. One of the leaders of the group of returnees from Babyonian exile who is listed along with
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bigvai
Bigvai. 1. Ancestor of a group of people that returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after the Babylonian exile (Ezr 2:2, 14; Neh 7:7, 19). Since his name is Persian, Bigvai may have been born or renamed during the exile.2. Political leader who signed Ezra’s covenant of faithfulness to God with Nehemiah
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bigvai (exile)
1. AV Apoc., NEB Apoc., ENENIUS, BAGOI, BAGO. The head of one of the families who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Ezr. 2:2; Neh. 7:7; cf. 1 Esd. 5:8; see also Nahamani). The household was a large one (2,056 according to Ezr. 2:14; 2,067 according to Neh. 7:19; 2,066 according to 1 Esd. 5:14),
Bigvai
Bigvai bigʹvī [Heb. big̱way; Gk. Enēnios, Bogoi, Bago (1 Esd. 5:8, 14; 8:40)].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bigvai
BIGVAI1. Ancestor of a group of people who returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel after the Babylonian exile (Ezr 2:2, 14; Neh 7:7, 19). Since his name is Persian, Bigvai may have been born or renamed during the exile.2. Political leader who signed Ezra’s covenant of faithfulness to God with Nehemiah
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bigvai
Bigvai (big´vi).1 The ancestor of a large family group who returned with Zerubbabel from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:14) and of a smaller group led by Uthai and Zabbud who returned later with Ezra (Ezra 8:14).2 A leader of the postexilic community who returned from the exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bigvai
BIGVAI1. The head of a great family that returned in 536 b.c. with Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple (Ezr 2:2). The importance of the family can be judged by the fact the “sons,” probably including all retainers, are numbered 2,056 (Ezr 2:14). Two sons of Bigvai. Uthai and Zaccur, returned with Ezra
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bigvai
Bigvai (Heb. big̱way)1. A leader of the postexilic community who returned from Exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2 = Neh. 7:7; cf. 1 Esdr. 5:8). This is possibly the same person who later sealed Ezra’s covenant to keep the law (Neh. 10:16 [MT 17]). In the Elephantine Papyri (30.1; 32.1) the name Bagohi
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bigvai
Bigvai [bĭgˊvī] (Heb. big̱way). A prominent Israelite who returned from exile with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2, LXX Gk. Bagoui; Neh. 7:7, LXX Bago; 1 Esdr. 5:8, LXX Enēnios). Some members of his clan returned at this time (Ezra 2:14; Neh. 7:19; 1 Esdr. 5:14), while the rest returned with Ezra
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bigva-i
Big´va-i (happy).1. “Children of Bigvai,” 2056 (Neh. 2067) in number, returned from the captivity with Zerubbabel, Ezra 2:14; Neh. 7:19, and 72 of them at a later date with Ezra. Ezra 8:14. (b.c. 536.)2. Apparently one of the chiefs of Zerubbabel’s expedition, Ezra 2:2; Neh. 7:7, whose family afterwards
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bigvai
BIG´VAI (bigʹva-ī; Old Persian, “happy, fortunate,” from baga, “good luck”).1. The head of one of the families of Israelites who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2; Neh. 7:7) with a large number of retainers—2,056, by Ezra’s count (Ezra 2:14); 2,067, by Nehemiah’s (Neh. 7:19), 536 b.c.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bigvai
BigvaiBigvai (bigʹvī). 1 A large family group (‘sons of Bigvai’) who returned with Zerubbabel from the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 2:14). 2 A smaller family group led by Uthai and Zabbud who returned later with Ezra (Ezra 8:14). 3 A leader of the postexilic community who returned from the Exile with
See also
Relatives
Zabud Son
Uthai Son