Sanballat

Sanballat (San-bal´at)

The governor of Samaria in the latter half of the fifth century BCE and one of the chief opponents of Nehemiah’s plan to rebuild Jerusalem. Sanballat conspired with Tobiah, governor of Ammon, and Geshem, king of Kedar, to intimidate the Jews and interrupt the work (Neh 2:10; Neh 2:19). As the walls neared completion, they authorized raids on the city (Neh 4:1-2) and, accusing Nehemiah of planning a rebellion against Persian rule, repeatedly summoned him to account for his actions (Neh 6:1-7).

Neh 2:10

10When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of ... View more

Neh 2:19

19But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they mocked and ridiculed us, saying, “What is this that yo ... View more

Neh 4:1-2

Hostile Plots Thwarted
1 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he mocked the Jews.2He said in the prese ... View more

Neh 6:1-7

Intrigues of Enemies Foiled
1Now when it was reported to Sanballat and Tobiah and to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had built the wall an ... View more

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.