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

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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

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Adonikam and sons

The point that is being made with reference here is "All" of his sons chose to follow their father back to Judah.

This section of Ezra, Chapter 8, is set aside for The Heads of families who returned with Ezra and give their sons who followed them from Babylon to Judah.

In the first count they were not counted in a special named way that put Adonikam's sons by name and were among the 666 number.

With the counting of Chapter 8, his sons were counted by name as the other Heads of Families were listing sons.

We will come to this in a shot time.