The Book of Ezra, Chapter 2, The Jewish People Returned

beemanlee's picture

Most of Chapter 2 of Ezra gives The Family Name and the number returning to Judah.

"Usually" in Semitic culture, only the males are recorded in the number given. So we can probably figure that the number can be then multiplied by the average family size of the day and come somewhat close to the exact number of people going back to Judah.

"Women and children" were never counted in amount of numbers, but just referenced to. Some women never marry, and some do not have children.

Most Jewish Males were expected to marry and have children. Even those in Religious service were expected to have one wife. But that usually is not and exact Science.

Lee Ostrander, Group Manager, The Minor Prophets

beemanlee's picture

Adonikam 666 V Adonikam 667, one of the copy errors

You just found one of the copy errors, PiƩrre!

There are several copy errors between the to list of male family names. You just found one of several which the accounting missed or didn't miss as they copied the list and added a name in Nehemiah

A small point on Adonikam. His name is significant, for it means a high lord or one The L-rd sets up. I don't think the number of man is upon this man, but only for a reference for us to seek the answer of the question in a righteous way.

The other reason may be that there were some who had fear and didn't want to go into the unknown land of their Fathers, Judah.

When they saw the desire of heart their elders had in returning, jumping forward at the Call. To return to Judah, was inspired by G-d, to do this very same thing He had done in both Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus heart in calling them.

At the other side of this difference. Those who may have submitted their name drew back, and went not with their families back to Judah.