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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Serai´ah (warrior of Jehovah). There are several persons of this name in Scripture.

Seraiah, the scribe or secretary of David ().

Seraiah, the father of Ezra ().

Seraiah, the high priest at the time that Jerusalem was taken by the Chaldeans. He was sent prisoner to Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah, who put him to death (; ; ; ).

Seraiah, son of Azriel, one of the persons charged with the apprehension of Jeremiah and Baruch ().

Seraiah, son of Neriah, who held a high office in the court of King Zedekiah, the nature of which is somewhat uncertain. In the Authorized Version we have, 'This Seraiah was a quiet prince,' which should be rendered, according to Gesenius, 'chief of the quarters' for the king and his army, that is quartermaster-general. This Seraiah was sent by Zedekiah on an embassy to Babylon, probably to render his submission to that monarch, about seven years before the fall of Jerusalem. He was charged by Jeremiah to communicate to the Jews already in exile a book, in which the prophet had written out his prediction of all the evil that should come upon Babylon. It is not stated how Seraiah acquitted himself of his task; but that he accepted it at all, shows such respect for the prophet as may allow us to conclude that he would not neglect the duty which it imposed.

Seraiah, son of Tanhumeth, an accomplice of Ishmael in the conspiracy against Gedaliah (; ).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Seraiah'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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