Hanani

HANANI (ha-nā'nī, Heb. hănānî, gracious)

A son of Heman, David’s seer who served in music (1Chr.25.4, 1Chr.25.25).Seer in Asa’s time who rebuked Asa and was imprisoned (2Chr.16.7-2Chr.16.10).A priest who had married a foreigner (Ezra.10.20).Brother of the great Nehemiah (Neh.1.2; Neh.7.2). He brought to Nehemiah in Shushan the news of Jerusalem’s sad state; and Nehemiah later gave to him and to Hananiah, governor of the castle, authority over Jerusalem.One of the musical priests whom Nehemiah appointed for the celebration at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem (Neh.12.36). Ezra was the leader of this band.


HANANI hə nā’ nĭ (חֲנָ֔נִי, gracious). 1. The father of the prophet Jehu (1 Kings 16:1, 7; 2 Chron 19:2; 20:34). He was thrown into prison for rebuking King Asa for relying on Syria.

2. A Levitical musician; son of Heman, David’s seer, the head of a course in the Temple (1 Chron 25:4, 25).

3. One of the priests who divorced their foreign wives in the time of Ezra (Ezra 10:20; 1 Esd 9:21 KJV, ASV ANANIAS).

4. A brother or kinsman of Nehemiah who brought news to Susa of the distressing condition of the Jews in Pal. (Neh 1:2). He was subsequently made one of the governors of Jerusalem (7:2).

5. A musician who took part in the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem (12:36).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(chanani, "gracious"):

(1) A musician and son of Heman, David’s seer, and head of one of the courses of the temple service (1Ch 25:4,25).

(2) A seer, the father of Jehu. He was cast into prison for his courage in rebuking Asa for relying on Syria (1Ki 16:1,7; 2Ch 19:2; 20:34).

(3) A priest, of the sons of Immer, who had married a foreign wife (Ezr 10:20).

(4) A brother or kinsman of Nehemiah who carried news of the condition of the Jews in Palestine to Susa and became one of the governors of Jerusalem (Ne 1:2; 7:2).

(5) A priest and chief musician who took part in the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem (Ne 12:36).

Byron H. Dement