Definitions for ezraˈɛz rə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ez•raˈɛz rə(n.)

  1. a Jewish scribe and prophet of the 5th century b .c .

    Category: Bible, Biography

  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.

    Category: Bible

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ezra(noun)

    a Jewish priest and scribe sent by the Persian king to restore Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem

  2. Ezra, Book of Ezra(noun)

    an Old Testament book telling of a rabbi's efforts in the 5th century BC to reconstitute Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity

Wiktionary

  1. Ezra(ProperNoun)

    The fifteenth book of the Old Testament and a book of the Hebrew Tanakh.

  2. Ezra(ProperNoun)

    A Jewish high priest from the fifth century.

  3. Ezra(ProperNoun)

    of biblical origin.

Freebase

  1. Ezra

    Ezra, also called Ezra the Scribe and Ezra the Priest in the Book of Ezra. According to the Hebrew Bible he returned from the Babylonian exile and reintroduced the Torah in Jerusalem. According to First Esdras, a non-canonical Greek translation of the Book of Ezra, he was also a high priest. His name may be an abbreviation of Azaryahu, "God-helps". In the Greek Septuagint the name is rendered Esdras, from which Latin: Esdras. The Book of Ezra describes how he led a group of Judean exiles living in Babylon to their home city of Jerusalem where he enforced observance of the Torah and cleansed the community of mixed marriages. Ezra, known as "Ezra the scribe" in Chazalic literature, is a highly respected figure in Judaism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ezra

    a Jewish scribe of priestly rank, and full of zeal for the law of the Lord and the restoration of Israel; author of a book of the Old Testament, which records two successive returns of the people from captivity, and embraces a period of 79 years, from 576 to 457 B.C., being a continuation of the book of Chronicles, its purpose being to relate the progress of the restored theocracy in Judah and Jerusalem, particularly as regards the restoration of the Temple and the re-institution of the priesthood.

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