Nehemiah Chapter 10, Records The Covenant of Faith and Those Who Committed to Follow The Torah

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In this Chapter of Nehemiah we will read about all of those who by Faith chose to follow all of what The Torah Teaches. The Laws, that were neglected and they gave their pledge to walk in them and uphold all of them. The Spirit of Repentance(Teshuvah) follows with the resolve of Nehemiah The Governor, Zedekiah and The People, to Change their old ways of neglect, and Renew their Spiritual Connection to The Holy Land.

First there is a list of 83 signatories of The Covenant of Faith(The Bris Amanah) with a seal. The Temple tax is established as one-third shekel because of the economy, down from Exodus 20:13-14 of one-half shekel, which was the same later is in New Testament Times.

It brings up The Oath, Intermarriage and The Sabbath. The Mitzvos, The Wood Offerings, The Firstborn, The First of Your Dough(Challah) and The First Fruits(Terumah) and Tithing.

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Seraiah: meaning

Again, we do need to be careful and understand that these are ancient names, names used before they were written down and that they may have had

several meanings at various times and in various communities. That said, the most prevalent 'definitions' of the name are given by many as


'Prince of God' i.e. a blessing for a child with this name, meaning that this child will grow to help God prevail,


'God prevails(past, present or future since we come up against the time warps again)' i.e. an expression of faith.

Living Jews are no longer accustomed to being referred to as Hebrews, although it is quite appropriate to speak of the Hebrews in the Hebrew


Jews very often give their children the name of a recently deceased member of the family (so that the name may continue to live) and also very

often give Biblical middle names (often more than one) to their children based either on the meaning of the name or the life history of the

Biblical person bearing that name.

Observant Jews would never name their children after a living member of the family as that might be understood as a curse, wishing that person


Hope that helps,