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Hozai
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also called Hosai and Hozia. The name of the chronicler or group of chroniclers who recorded important events during the reign of Manasseh (2 Chr 33:19). The “words of Hozai” (דִּבְרֵי חוֹזָי‎, divrey chozay) have not survived and nothing beyond the description in 2 Chr 33:19 is known about him or them. “Hozai” may be a common plural noun meaning “the seers,” as most translations render it, or it may be a proper name for a specific person. The events mentioned indicate that the chronicle contained Manasseh’s prayer, God’s answer to that prayer, Manasseh’s sins, and his humbling. The later work Prayer of Manasseh was inspired by this one mention of Hozai’s writings.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hozai
Hozai (חוֹזָי‎, chozay). Also called Hosai and Hozia. The name of the chronicler or group of chroniclers who recorded important events during the reign of Manasseh (2 Chr 33:19). The “words of Hozai” (דִּבְרֵי חוֹזָי‎, divrey chozay) have not survived and nothing beyond the description in 2 Chr 33:19 is
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hozai (Person)
HOZAI (PERSON) [Heb ḥôzāy (חֹוזָי)]. Apparently the author of a chronicle that included information about the reign of Manasseh, king of Judah (2 Chr 33:19). The text mentions nothing further about the man, nor have his writings survived. Some of the content of his work is specified, however. His
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hozai
Hozai. Author of annals describing the life of Manasseh king of Judah, and included in the “Chronicles of the Kings of Israel” (2 Chr 33:18, 19). The Septuagint renders Hozai as “seers,” which is preferred by many commentators and the rsv.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hozai
Hozai hōʹzī [Heb. ḥôzay, or as it stands at the close of the verse in question, 2 Ch. 33:19, ḥôzāy; LXX tṓn horṓntōn; Vulg “Hozai”; AV, RSV, NEB, “the seers”; AV mg HOSAI; RSV mg HOZAI. LXX not improbably reads (Heb) haḥōzîm as in v 18, an easy error, since there we find weḏiḇrêhaḥōzîm,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hozai
HOZAI* Author of annals describing the life of Manasseh, king of Judah, and included in the “Chronicles of the Seers” (2 Chr 33:18–19). The Septuagint renders Hozai as “seers,” which is preferred by many commentators and the nlt (see 2 Chr 33:19 mg).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hozai
HOZAI. The name of a history, translated in rsv as ‘the Seers’, quoted in 2 Ch. 33:19, rv, which recorded certain of the deeds of King Manasseh, and his prayer. The translation ‘the Seers’ for ‘Hozai’ follows lxx, which presupposes a Heb. text ḥôzim. The MT ḥôzai means ‘my seers’.R. A. H. Gunner.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hozai
Hozai (Heb. ḥôzāy)The author of chronicles concerning King Manasseh of Judah, a source used by the author of 2 Chronicles (2 Chr. 33:19 MT; NRSV “the seers,” following LXX (cf. v. 18).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hozai
Hozai [hōˊzī] (Heb. ḥôzāy “the seers”). According to the MT the author of chronicles concerning King Manasseh of Judah, a source used by the author of 2 Chronicles (so JB, NJV; KJV mg. “Hosai”). The RSV, KJV, and NIV read “the seers,” following the LXX (Gk. tṓn horṓntōn;
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Hozai
HOZAI [HOE zay eye] — an unknown prophet who left a record of some of the events of King Manasseh’s life (2 Chr. 33:19).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HOZAI
HOZAI<ho’-za-i> ([חוֹזַי‎, chozay], or as it stands at the close of the verse in question, 2 Ch 33:19, [חוֹזָי‎, chozay]; Septuagint [τω̂ν ὁρώντων, ton horonton]; Vulgate (Jerome’s Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) “Hozai”; the King James Version the seers; the King James Version margin “Hosai”; the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Hozai
HOZAI (Hōʹ zā ī) Personal name meaning “seer.” NASB literal transliteration of Hebrew text of 2 Chron. 33:19 making Hozai a prophet who recorded the reign of King Manasseh. Most translations follow Greek and one Hebrew manuscript in seeing one letter omitted from Hebrew, thus reading, “records of
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Hozai
Hozai hoh’zi (חוֹזָיH2559 [not in NIV]). According to the MT (followed by NJPS), the apparent name of the author of a chronicle or history in which the prayer of Manasseh, his sinfulness, and certain of his impious acts was recorded (2 Chr. 33:19 [KJV mg., “Hosai”]; cf. 32:32, which says that the events