This might seem a little esoteric for my first question on this site, but it relates to some research I'm doing and I haven't found an answer among the resources I possess.

When Ezra reads out the Law to the people in Nehemiah 8:1-8, it explains that there were others standing there with him in front of the people (v4), as well as a number of others who read from the book of the Law and gave its sense so the people would understand the reading (v7-8). I recognise immediately that a number of the people listed are definitely male, but I do not know enough to ascertain the gender of all of them.

All of the following names are from the ESV translation:

v4: Mattithaiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, Maaseiah, Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, Meshullam

v7: (Levites, therefore probably all male?) Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah


They are all male names. You can check this through the use of Biblical encyclopedias and dictionaries that will list the uses of the name elsewhere in the Bible. A combination of Easton's Bible Dictionary and the ISBE would suffice. Examples of preliminary results for the first four names are as follows:

Mattithaia, male: (1 Chronicles 25:3, 21) Shema, male: (1 Chronicles 8:13) Anaiah, male: (Nehemiah 10:22) Uriah, male: (1 Chronicles 11:41; 2 Samuel 23:39)


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