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One of the leaders of the postexilic Jewish community who signed the written agreement to keep the law during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (Neh 10:16). He may have been the leader of the clan of Bigvai.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
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. 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
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
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)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
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
Harper’s Bible Dictionary