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Kelita
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also called Kelaiah. A member of the family of Levites in the postexilic Jewish community. Kelita is listed among those who agreed to Ezra’s demand to divorce his foreign wife (Ezra 10:23). He also is listed among the Levites who taught the law and signed the covenant (Neh 8:7; 10:10).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Kelita
Kelita (קֵלָיָה‎, qelayah; קְלִיטָא‎, qelita'). Also called Kelaiah. A member of the family of Levites in the postexilic Jewish community. Kelita is listed among those who agreed to Ezra’s demand to divorce his foreign wife (Ezra 10:23). He also is listed among the Levites who taught the law and signed
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Kelita (Person)
KELITA (PERSON) [Heb qĕlı̂ṭāʾ (קְלִיטָא)]. Var. KELAIAH. One of the Levites who, along with various priests and laymen, listened to Ezra and agreed to renounce their foreign wives and children (Ezra 10:23; 1 Esdr 9:23). Kelita’s legacy, however, is not limited simply to the renunciation of mixed marriages.
Kelaiah (Person)
KELAIAH (PERSON) [Heb qēlāyâ (קֵלָיָה)]. Var. KELITA. One of the Levites who married a foreign woman during the era of Ezra’s mission (Ezra 10:23 = 1 Esdr 9:23). The text indicates that Kelaiah is also known as Kelita (qĕlı̂ṭāʾ). Even Noth, in his exhaustive study of Hebrew names, concedes that
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Kelaiah
Kelaiah, Kelita. Levite mentioned in 1 Esdras 9:23 who had married a foreign wife and pledged to divorce her. In Ezra 10:23 he is also called Kelita (meaning “crippled one”), a name (or nickname) found in Nehemiah 8:7; 10:10 and 1 Esdras 9:48, where he is one who helped Ezra in expounding the Law and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Kelita
Kelita kelʹi-tə, kə-līʹtə [Heb. qelîṭāʾ—‘dwarf’]; AV, NEB Apoc., Calitas. This is apparently an allusion to the crippled physical condition of Kelaiah and was his nickname.
Kelaiah
Kelaiah kə-lāʹyə, kə-lʹ-iʹə [Heb. qēlāyâ; Gk. Kōlios; LXX B Kōnos]; AV, NEB Apoc., Colius, Calitas. One of the priests who had a foreign wife (Ezr. 10:23; also Kelita; cf. 1 Esd. 9:23). He was present when Ezra promulgated the law (Neh. 8:7; 1 Esd. 9:48), and was one of those who signed the covenant
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Kelaiah
KELAIAH A Levite who was guilty of marrying a pagan wife (Ezr 10:18). According to verse 23 Kelaiah is also called Kelita. A Levite named Kelita is also found in Nehemiah 8:7, 10:10, and 1 Esdras 9:48, where he is one who helped Ezra in expounding the law and who set his seal on Ezra’s covenant. It cannot
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Kelita
KELITA. A Levite who assisted in interpreting the law when Ezra read it to the assembled people and participated in the sealing of the covenant into which the people entered (Neh 8:7; 10:10); identified with Kelaiah (Ezr 10:23).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Kelaiah
Kelaiah (Heb. qēlāyâ), KELITA (qĕlɩ̂ṭāʾ)A Levite who was forced by Ezra to give up his foreign wife (Ezra 10:23). Also known as Kelita, he helped interpret as Ezra read the Law (Neh. 8:7) and signed the covenant under Nehemiah (10:10 [MT 11]).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Kelita
Kelita [kĭlīˊtə] (Heb. qelîṭā˒ “dwarf, crippled”[?]). A Levite who had to divorce his foreign wife (Ezra 10:23); also known as Kelaiah. According to Neh. 8:7 he helped to explain (i.e., translated from Hebrew to Aramaic) the portions of the Law which Ezra read to the people. He was among those
Kelaiah
Kelaiah [kĭ lāˊyə] (Heb. qēlāyâ). A Levite who was forced by Ezra to give up his foreign wife (Ezra 10:23); also known as Kelita.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Kelita
Kel´ita (assembly), one of the Levites who returned with Ezra. Ezra 10:23. He assisted in expounding the law, Neh. 8:7, and signed the covenant with Nehemiah. Neh. 10:10. (b.c. 459–410.)
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Kelita
KEL´ITA (kelʹi-ta; perhaps “dwarf”; cf. Arab. qulāt). One of the Levites who put away his Gentile wife after the captivity (Ezra 10:23), assisted Ezra in expounding the law (Neh. 8:7), and signed the covenant made by Nehemiah (10:10), 456 b.c.
Kelaiah
KELA´IAH (ke-laʹya). One of the Levites who divorced his Gentile wife after the captivity (Ezra 10:23, “that is, Kelita”).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Kelita
Kelitadwarf, a Levite who assisted Ezra in expounding the law to the people (Neh. 8:7; 10:10).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Kelita
KELITA [kih LIGH tuh] — the name of one or two men in the Old Testament:1. A priest who interpreted the Law to the people when it was read by Ezra (Neh. 8:7).2. A Levite who sealed the covenant made by Nehemiah (Neh. 10:10). He may be the same person as No. 1.
Kelaiah
KELAIAH [kih LAY uh] — a priest who divorced his pagan wife after the Captivity (Ezra 10:23).
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