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BEBAI (bē'bā-ī, Heb. bēvay)

The ancestral head of a family that returned from the Captivity (Ezra.2.11; Ezra.8.11; Neh.7.16; Neh.10.15).One of this family (Ezra.8.11).

2. A city, unidentified, whose inhabitants pursued the fleeing Assyrian forces after the death of Holofernes (Judg 15:4).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

be’-ba-i, beb’-a-i (bebhay; Septuagint Bebai, "fatherly"):

(1) Descendants of B: returned with Ezra to Jerusalem (Ezr 8:11 called Babi; 1 Esdras 8:37); one of these is Zechariah, the son of Bebai (Ezr 8:11, Zaeharias; 1 Esdras 8:37). 623 returned with Zerubbabel to Jerusalem (Ezr 2:11; 1 Esdras 5:13; Ne 7:16 gives the number 628); some of these had married "strange wives" (Ezr 10:28; 1 Esdras 9:29).

(2) A chief of the people who sealed the covenant with Nehemiah (Ne 10:15).

(3) An unknown town (Judith 15:4). Omitted in Codex Vaticanus and Vulgate (Jerome’s Latin Bible, 390-405 A. D.)

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