Bebai (Bee´bi)

A personal name appearing six times in biblical texts, all in Ezra and Nehemiah. The first identifies a family of 623 returnees from the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 2:11). Two references in (Ezra 8:11) pertain to Bebai’s son, Zechariah. (Ezra 10:28) specifies four additional descendants (Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai). (Neh 7:16) credits 628 returnees to the family, and (Neh 10:14) lists Bebai as a name on the sealed document of covenant renewal, possibly entered by one of the descendants. If the last reference is independent, two persons are thus named.

Ezra 2:11

11Of Bebai, six hundred twenty-three.

Ezra 8:11

11Of the descendants of Bebai, Zechariah son of Bebai, and with him twenty-eight males.

Ezra 10:28

28Of the descendants of Bebai: Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai.

Neh 7:16

16Of Bebai, six hundred twenty-eight.

Neh 10:14

14The leaders of the people: Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,

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