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Zephaniah (priest)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
One of 74 men executed by Nebuchadnezzar in Riblah, after Jerusalem was conquered in 587/6 bc (Jer 52:24–28; 2 Kgs 25:18–21). He was the second priest to Seraiah, the chief priest of the temple. Zephaniah was a member of two delegations sent by King Zedekiah to seek Jeremiah’s intercession with the Lord on behalf of the nation (Jer 21:1–7; 37:3–10). He may have been a cousin to Jeremiah (Jer 32:7; 35:4). Shemaiah the Nehelamite, an exiled priest, rebuked Zephaniah in a letter for failing to rebuke Jeremiah. Zephaniah, a loyal priest, read the letter to Jeremiah. As a result, Shemaiah was judged for his false prophecies against Yahweh (Jer 29:24–32).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Zephaniah, Son of Maaseiah
Zephaniah, Son of Maaseiah (צְפַנְיָה‎, tsephanyah; צְפַנְיָהוּ‎, tsephanyahu; “Yahweh has hidden or treasured”). One of 74 men executed by Nebuchadnezzar in Riblah, after Jerusalem was conquered in 587/6 bc (Jer 52:24–28; 2 Kgs 25:18–21). He was the second priest to Seraiah, the chief priest of the temple.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Zephaniah (Person)
ZEPHANIAH (PERSON) [Heb ṣĕpanyâ (צְפַנְיָה‎), ṣĕpanyāhû (צְפַנְיָהוּ‎)]. 1. A Kohathite and ancestor of the levitical singer Heman (1 Chr 6:21—Eng 6:36). He is the son of Tahath (6:22—Eng 6:37; cf., however, 1 Chr 6:9—Eng 6:24, where Uriel is named as the son of Tahath).2. A prophet during the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Zephaniah (Person)
Zephaniah (Person). 1. Priest during the reign of Zedekiah who was executed at Riblah by the king of Babylon (2 Kgs 25:18; Jer 52:24). He was the second priest under Seraiah the chief priest and served as Zedekiah’s envoy to Jeremiah during the period prior to the fall of Jerusalem (Jer 21:1; 29:25,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Zephaniah
1. Son of Maaseiah; the second priest in rank in the days of Jeremiah. Twice he was part of a delegation sent by King Zedekiah to consult the prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 21:1; 37:3). He was apparently not hostile to Jeremiah, for he received from the exiled prophet Shemaiah a letter rebuking him for not having
Zephaniah
Zephaniah zef-ə-nīʹə [Heb. ep̱anyâ, ep̱anyāhû—‘Yahweh has treasured’; Lat Apoc. Sofoniae]; AV Apoc. SOPHONIAS (2 Esd. 1:40).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Zephaniah (Person)
ZEPHANIAH (Person)1. Priest during the reign of Zedekiah who was executed at Riblah by the king of Babylon (2 Kgs 25:18; Jer 52:24). He was the second priest under Seraiah the chief priest and served as Zedekiah’s envoy to Jeremiah during the period prior to the fall of Jerusalem (Jer 21:1; 29:25–29;
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Zephaniah
Zephaniah (zef´uh-ni´uh; Heb., “the Lord has concealed/preserved”).1 A Kohathite Levite who was an ancestor of the prophet Samuel and the levitical singer Heman (1 Chron. 6:36).2 The son of Cushi; he was a descendant of King Hezekiah and a prophet during the reign of King Josiah of Judah (640–609 bce).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Zephaniah
ZEPHANIAH1. A Levite descended from Kohath (1 Chr 6:36–38).2. Son of Maaseiah and second priest under the high priest Seraiah during the reign of King Zedekiah. On two occasions he helped bear requests for prayer from the king to Jeremiah, and brought back oracles of the prophet denouncing further
Zephaniah, Book of (Writing)
ZEPHANIAH, BOOK OF. Ninth book among the Minor Prophets. The author was the son of Cushi and descendant of Hezekiah (Zeph 1:1, ASV), probably the king of Judah. Being of royal lineage, he was able with impressive force to rebuke the sins of the princes (1:8).There is verification of the date in 1:1
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Zephaniah
ZEPHANIAH. The only biographical reference to Zephaniah appears in the first verse of the book which bears his name. The genealogy of the prophet is carried back four generations to Hezekiah. Although this Hezekiah is not identified as the Judaean king of that name, the unusual form of Zephaniah’s genealogy
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Zephaniah
Zephaniah (Heb. ṣĕp̱anyâ, ṣĕp̱anyāhû)1. A Kohathite Levite, ancestor of the levitical singer Heman, to whom David gave responsibility for the ministry of music in the temple (1 Chr. 6:36 [MT 21]).2. The son of Cushi and a prophet during the reign of Josiah. He may have actively advanced the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Zephaniah
Zephaniah [zĕfˊə nīˊə] (Heb. ep̱anyâ, ṣep̱anyāhû “Yahweh has hidden”).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Zephaniah
Zephani´ah (hidden by Jehovah).1. The ninth in order of the twelve minor prophets. His pedigree is traced to his fourth ancestor, Hezekiah, Zeph. 1:1, supposed to be the celebrated king of that name. The chief characteristics of this book are the unity and harmony of the composition, the grace, energy,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Zephaniah
ZEPHANI´AH (zef-a-nīʹa; “Jehovah conceals or treasures”).1. A Kohathite Levite, ancestor of Samuel and Heman (1 Chron. 6:36).2. The son of Maaseiah (Jer. 21:1); he was sāgān, or second priest, in the reign of Zedekiah. He succeeded Jehoiada (29:25–26) and was probably a ruler of the Temple, whose
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