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Book of the Law read by Ezra
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A scribe, priest, and teacher of the Law. Led exiles back to Judaea from Babylon. Commissioned by Artaxerxes to appoint magistrates and judges (Ezra 7:25) and to teach and enforce the “Law of God” and the “Law of the King” in Judaea (Ezra 7:25–26). One of the earliest and most notable figures of Second Temple Judaism.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ezra, Son of Seraiah
Ezra, Leader of the Exiles, Son of Seraiah (עֶזְרָא‎, ezra'). A scribe, priest, and teacher of the Law. Led exiles back to Judaea from Babylon. Commissioned by Artaxerxes to appoint magistrates and judges (Ezra 7:25) and to teach and enforce the “Law of God” and the “Law of the King” in Judaea (Ezra 7:25–26).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ezra (scribe)
3. The author of the memoirs attributed to him in the canonical books of Ezra and Nehemiah (Ezr. 7–10; Neh. 8–10). His credentials are inherent in his genealogy (Ezr. 7:1–6), which traces his descent from Aaron, the first high priest of Israel. The genealogy is shortened by comparison with the list in
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ezra
Ezra (ez´ruh; Heb., “help”), the priest and scribe whose story appears in Ezra 7–10 and Neh. 8–9. In the biblical tradition, Ezra is commissioned by Artaxerxes to lead the exiles in Babylon back to Judah, and he is vested with authority to impose the Mosaic law there, within the Persian province “Beyond
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ezra
Ezra (Heb. ʿezrāʾ)1. A scribe and priest sent with religious and political powers by the Persian king Artaxerxes to lead a group of Jewish exiles from Babylonia to Jerusalem (Ezra 7–8). Ezra condemned mixed marriages (Ezra 9), encouraging Jews to divorce and banish their foreign wives (ch. 10). He
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ezra
EZRA A Zadokite priest and scribe, an expert in the Mosaic Law, and a member of the Jewish community in Babylon (Ezra 7) who was sent on a mission to Jerusalem. Ezra probably held a position in the Persian court, and in the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes he was dispatched to Jerusalem with the
Bible Characters, Volume 3 (Ahithophel–Nehemiah)
Ezra
LXVIIEzraEZRA was a great student, he was a great statesman, he was a great reformer, and he was a great preacher. Ezra was born in Babylon. Ezra was a child of the Captivity. But all that only made his heart break all the more for the longing he had to see the land of his fathers, and to do what in
The Ultimate Who’s Who in the Bible
Ezra
Ezra [Ez-ruh](Hebrew origin: Help)(1 Chronicles 4:17). Unspecified date. Ezra, a descendant of Judah, was the father of Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. His son Mered married Bithiah, daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt.(Ezra 7:1). 5th century b.c. Ezra, a priest, scribe, and scholar, knowledgeable in
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Ezra
Ezʹra [help], the name of two men.1. The head of one of the twenty-two courses of priests which returned from captivity with Zerubbabel and Jeshua (Neh. 12:1).2. The celebrated Jewish scribe and priest who, in the year b.c. 459, led the second expedition of Jews back from the Babylonian exile into
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Ezra
Ezra“Scribe of the law of the God of heaven” (Ezra 7:12), priest, religious reformer. According to tradition, E. was the head of an embassy to Artaxerxes I (464–425/424 b.c.) in 458 (13 years before Nehemiah’s embassy to Artaxerxes II); his primary role according to Jewish tradition was that of a religious
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Ezra
Ezra [ez-ruh] (עזרא, probably from עזריה‎, Ezriah, “Yahweh Helps”) (1) a priest who returned from the Babylonian exile with Zerubbabel; called Azariah (22) in Neh. 10:2 (Neh. 12:1) (2) a priest in Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time; not the same as Ezra (1) (Neh. 12:33) (3) priest and scribe who returned
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