Ezra

[ez-ruh]
noun
  1. a Jewish scribe and prophet of the 5th century b.c., who with Nehemiah led the revival of Judaism in Palestine.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Ezr.
  3. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “help.”
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Ezra

noun Old Testament
  1. a Jewish priest of the 5th century bc, who was sent from Babylon by the Persian king Artaxerxes I to reconstitute observance of the Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the captivity
  2. the book recounting his efforts to perform this task
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Word Origin and History for ezra

Ezra

masc. proper name, in Old Testament name of a celebrated 5c. B.C.E. scribe, from Late Latin, from Hebrew Ezra, contraction of Azaryah(u), literally "God has helped," from ezer "help" + Yah, a shortened form of Yahweh "God."

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