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MAGBISH (măg'bĭsh, Heb. maghbîsh, congregating). The name of either a man, the head of a family of which 156 persons returned with Zerubbabel from exile, or of a place to which these people belonged. The list contains names of both towns and persons (Ezra.2.30). It is listed in some atlases as a town, location unknown.

MAGBISH măg’ bĭsh (מַגְבִּ֔ישׁ). Either a town in Judah or a family of returning exiles (Ezra 2:30; 1 Esd 5:21 KJV NEPHIS, ASV NIPHIS). The name is not found in the parallel passage, Nehemiah 7:33. If it is a town, it is possibly to be identified with Khirbet el-Mahbiyet, c. three m. SW of Adullam.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

An unidentified town in Benjamin, 156 of the inhabitants of which are said to have returned from exile with Zerubbabel (Ezr 2:30). It does not appear in Nehemiah’s list (Ne 7:33). Septuagint (Codex Vaticanus), however, has Magebos. The name is probably identical with Magpiash, "one who sealed the covenant" (Ne 10:20).