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A Levite and priest listed among the exiles who accompanied Zerubbabel on the return from exile (Neh 12:1).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
EZRA (PERSON) [Heb ʿezrāʾ (עֶזְרָא)]. “Nehemiah and Ezra, the creators of the post-exilic Jewish community in Palestine, are two of the greatest figures in Jewish history”; so concludes a recent (far from conservative) volume (Widengren IJH, 538). Does this dictum, even apart from notably putting Ezra
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ezra (Person). 1. Religious reformer following Israel’s return from exile. Ezra’s genealogy (Ezr 7:1–5; cf. 1 Chr 6:3–15) places him in the high priestly Aaron-Zadok family line, which accounts for the importance of his scribal and priestly activities. He is called “priest” (Ezr 10:10, 16; Neh 8:2),
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
EZRA (Person)1. Religious reformer following Israel’s return from exile. Ezra’s genealogy (Ezr 7:1–5; cf. 1 Chr 6:3–15) places him in the high priestly Aaron-Zadok family line, which accounts for the importance of his scribal and priestly activities. He is called “priest” (Ezr 10:10, 16; Neh 8:2), “scribe” (Ezr
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EZRA1. A priest who returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel (Neh 12:1, 13).2. A priest in Nehemiah’s time (Neh 12:33).3. A priest-scribe, son of Seraiah (Ezr 7:1), who led a group of exiles back to Jerusalem. Best known from the book which bears his name, Ezra was designated in several ways: as priest
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EZRA. According to the record in Ezr. 7, Ezra was sent to Jerusalem by Artaxerxes I in 458 bc. It would seem probable that he held a position in Persia comparable to Secretary of State for Jewish affairs. His task was to enforce the uniform observance of the Jewish law, and to this end he had authority
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Es´dras, the form of the name of Ezra the scribe in 1 Esdras and 2 Esdras.
Ez´ra (help), called Esdras in the Apocrypha, the famous scribe and priest. He was a learned and pious priest residing at Babylon in the time of Artaxerxes Longimanus. The origin of his influence with the king does not appear, but in the seventh year of his reign he obtained leave to go to Jerusalem,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
EZ´RA (ezʹra; “help”). The name of two persons connected with the return of the Jews from Babylon.1. The priest who led the second expedition of Jews back from Babylonian exile into Palestine, and the author of the book bearing his name (see the last four chapters, in which he speaks in the first person).