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Mentioned in the lists among those who returned to Jerusalem from the Babylonian exile (Ezra 2:55–58; Neh 7:57–60).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
SOLOMON’S SERVANTS. A phrase that refers to two distinct groups. In the broadest sense it refers to all those who were members of Solomon’s imperial household and bureaucracy (1 Kgs 4:1–19). The Hebrew word ʿebed refers both to servants and to slaves. Servants, as a broad category, could include anyone
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Solomon’s Servants [Heb. ʿaḇḏê šelōmōh; LXX doúloi Salōmōn]. In a general sense all kings in the ancient Near East had servants, and Solomon was no exception. He surrounded himself with a large company of subordinates.The precise terminology “Solomon’s servants,” however, appears in several
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SOLOMON’S SERVANTS. King Solomon, like all ancient rulers, had many servants who were delegated certain responsibilities. Some were foreign slaves who did the menial tasks in both the palace and the temple, while a number were Israelite princes and officers (1 Kgs 4:1–19). Of these, some were priests
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Solomon’s ServantsIn a general sense, all who were in the employ of Solomon’s household and officials of the kingdom (1 Kgs. 4:1–19; cf. 3:15; 5:6 [MT 20]). Among those who returned to Judah following the Exile were a group designated “the sons of Solomon’s servants” (Ezra 2:55–58 = Neh. 7:57–60), probably
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Solomon’s servants (Children of). Ezra 2:55, 58; Neh. 7:57, 60. The persons thus named appear in the lists of the exiles who returned from the captivity. They were the descendants of the Canaanites who were reduced by Solomon to the helot state, and compelled to labor in the king’s stone-quarries and
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
SOL´OMON’S SERVANTS (Ezra 2:58; Neh. 7:57, 60). Following as they do in the lists, the priests, Levites, and the Temple servants, they would seem to have some connection with the Temple service. Smith (Bib. Dict., s.v.) suggests: (1) The name as well as the order implies inferiority even to the Temple
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SOLOMON’S SERVANTS — Canaanites who served as forced laborers during the reign of King Solomon of Judah (1 Kin. 9:20–22). These people labored in the stone quarries and did much of the difficult construction work on Solomon’s massive building projects. The descendants of Solomon’s servants returned with
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SOLOMON’S SERVANTS([עֶַבְדֵי שְׁלֹמֹה ’adbhedhe shelomoh]; [δου̂λοι Σαλωμών, douloi Salomon]): “The children of Solomon’s servants” constituted a company or guild of the Jewish exiles who returned with Zerubbabel from Babylonia to Jerusalem in 537 BC, pursuant to the decree of Cyrus; they are mentioned