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Sh'maya is a Hebrew from "shem" and "aya": Sky, figuratively, the height or farthest extent of anything. From the particle shem, deriving from the ancient Semitic root ShM -name, light, sound, vibration, atmosphere. The -aya ending indicates that it is without limit. Another more common meaning is "Listen to God". It has been referred to otherwise as:
- in the Hebrew Bible/Christian Old Testament:
- Shemaiah, a prophet in the reign of Rehoboam (I Kings 12:22-24)
- Neh. 3:29
- a Simeonite (I Chr. 4:37)
- a priest (Neh. 12:42)
- a Levite (I Chr. 9:16)
- I Chr. 9:14; Neh. 11:15
- a Levite in the time of David, who with 200 of his brethren took part in the bringing up of the ark from Obed-edom to Hebron (I Chr. 15:8)
- a reference to Moses the Levite (I Chr. 24:6)
- the eldest son of Obed-edom (I Chr. 26:4-8)
- a Levite (II Chr. 29:14)
- a false prophet who hindered the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Neh. 6:10)
- a prince of Judah who assisted at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem (Neh. 12:34-36)
- Nehelamite (Dweller of Nehelam) The designation of Shemaiah, a false prophet who went with the captives to Babylon and who opposed Jeremiah (Jer. 29:24, 31-32).
- one of the Levites whom Jehoshaphat appointed to teach the law (II Chr. 17:8)
- a Levite appointed to "distribute the oblations of the Lord" (II Chr. 31:15)
- a Levite (II Chr. 35:9)
- the father of Urijah the prophet (Jer. 26:20)
- the father of a prince in the reign of Jehoiakim (Jer. 36:12)
This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.
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