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nē - hḗ - mı̄´as : Greek form of the Hebrew Nehemiah .

(1) Νεεμίας , Neemı́as , one of the leaders of the return under Zerubbabel (1 Esdras 5:8) = "Nehemiah" of Ezra 2:2; Nehemiah 7:7 .

(2) Νεεμίας , Neemı́as , Codex Vaticanus Ναιμίας , Naimı́as , the prophet Nehemiah (1 Esdras 5:40 where the King James Version margin reads "Nehemias who also is Atharias"). Neither Nehemias nor Attharias is found in the parallel Ezra 2:63; Nehemiah 7:65 , but התּרשׁתא , ha -tirshāthā' = Tirshatha , "the governor," by whom Zerubbabel must be intended. Thus, the Hebrew word for "governor" has been converted into a proper name and by some blunder the name Nehemiah inserted, perhaps because he also was known by the title of "governor."

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Nehemias'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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