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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Zabdiel', זִבְדַּיאֵל, gift of God), the name of three Jews mentioned in the Old Test and Apocrypha.

1. (Sept. Ζαβδιήλ .) The father of Jashobeam, the chief of David's warriors (1 Chronicles 27:2). B.C. ante 1046.

2. (Sept. Ζοχριήλ v.r. Βαδιήλ ) Son of Haggedolim ("one of the great men") and overseer of 128 of the captives returned from Babylon (Nehemiah 11:14). B.C. 459.

3. (Sept. Ζαβδιήλ; Josephus, Ζάβηλος ; Vulg. Zabdiel.) An: Arabian chieftain who put Alexander Balas to death (1 Maccabees 11:17; Josephus, Ant. 13:4, 8). According to Diodorus, Balas was murdered by two of the officers who accompanied him (Mü ller, Fragm. Hist. 2, 16).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Zabdiel'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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