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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RE: Mysterious word Darkon

Brother Collin,

I do agree with what you have presented within The Hebrew Language. We could assume this to be true, and leave it at that or we could dig a little deeper.

However, Darkon was one of The Nethinim and was not a Priest of Aaron's decent, such as we study in Nehemiah Chapter 12. Being that Darkon was a Cannanite Wood cutter for The Temple would follow a different pathway of meaning to the verb, carrier would parallel the verb occupation as a word of action.

But Darkon is a name that comes to us in The Bible from The Hivite Nation which is of a Canaanite origin within The Semitic Language group, a son of Ham. This language was spoken in Lebanon as well. It was The Ancient Phoenician Language spoken by Ahiram of Byblos. Byblos, is the same name that we derive the name Bible from, so we can see similarities in the languages by this example. The Canaanite Language developed into a more Punic form of Language with the P turning into the F and being more of a Greek. The first person pronoun being 'ʼnk' (אנכ – anok(i)) (versus Aramaic – ʼnʼ/ʼny) – which is similar to Akkadian, Ancient Egyptian and Berber.The ā > ō vowel shift of the Canaanite Language. From:

Because I really don't know any more about this person's name, Darkon, who was one of The Nethinim, I can only remain with what has been presented to us.