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Berachiah, Berechiah

BERACHIAH, BERECHIAH bĕr ə ki’ ə (בֶּ֣רֶכְיָ֔ה, whom Jehovah has blessed. 1. One of the descendants of Solomon whose name appears in the list of the Jews living in Judah during the postexilic period (1 Chron 3:20). He was also a descendant of Jeconiah, the king who was taken captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 b.c. 2. The father of Asaph who at David’s command was appointed by the Levites to be one of three in charge of the service of song. Heman was the central figure with Asaph on his right hand and Ethan on his left. The appointment of singers began at the bringing of the Ark to Jerusalem and was continued at the Temple after it was built by Solomon (6:31-39; 15:16, 17). 3. The son of Asa, one of the Levites who returned to Judah from Babylon and dwelt in Netopah or one of its villages. The Levites, of which Berechiah was one, were among the first returnees with Joshua and Zerubbabel to occupy their former villages and to take part in the rebuilding of the Temple and city