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(ssih ri' uh) personal name meaning, “Yah has proved Himself ruler.” 1. David's royal “scribe” and thus probably functioning as a modern secretary of state (2 Samuel 8:17 ). The Hebrew tradition has various spellings of the name: Sheva, Sheya (2 Samuel 20:25 ); Shisha (1 Kings 4:3 ) if this is not a Hebraic spelling of the Egyptian word for scribe ; Shavsha (1 Chronicles 18:16 ).

2. Chief priest taken into Babylonian Exile in 587 B.C. (2 Kings 25:18 ; 1 Chronicles 16:14 ; Jeremiah 52:24 ). 3 . “Quiet prince” (KJV), “quartermaster” (REB, NAS, NRSV) Zedekiah (597-586 B.C.) sent to Babylon with instructions from himself and from Jeremiah (Jeremiah 51:59-64 ). 4 . Priest and father of Ezra (Ezra 7:1 ). 5 . Army officer who reported to Gedaliah when he was named governor immediately after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. (2 Kings 25:23 ; compare Jeremiah 40:8 ). He may have been involved in rebellion Ishmael led. 6. Leader in tribe of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:13 ). 7 . Member of tribe of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:35 ). 8 . Leader of returning Exiles under Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2 ); apparently the same as Azariah (Nehemiah 7:7 ). 9 . Priestly family (Nehemiah 10:2 ; Nehemiah 12:12 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Seraiah'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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