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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Zebedee

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Zeb'edee. (my gift). (Greek form of Zabdi). A fisherman of Galilee, the father of the apostles, James the Great and John, Matthew 4:21, and the husband of Salome. Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40. He probably lived either at Bethsaida or in its immediate neighborhood.

It has been inferred from the mention of his "hired servants," Mark 1:20, and from the acquaintance between the apostle John and Annas, the high priest, John 18:15, that the family of Zebedee were in easy circumstances, compare John 19:27, although not above manual labor. Matthew 4:21. He appears only twice in the Gospel narrative, namely, in Matthew 4:21-22; Mark 1:19-20 where he is seen in his boat with his two sons mending their nets.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Zebedee'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/z/zebedee.html. 1901.

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