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(Heb. Maazyah', מִעִזְיָה, Nehemiah 10:8, or Maazya'hu, מִעִזְיָהוּ, 1 Chronicles 24:18, strength [or perh. rather consolation, from the Arabic] of Jehovah; Sept. respectively Μααζία and Μααζάλ [v.r. Μαασαί ]; Vulg. respectively Maazia and Maazian), the name of two priests.

1. The head of the last of the twenty-four sacerdotal "courses" as arranged by David (1 Chronicles 24:18). B.C. 1014.

2. One of the priests who signed the sacred covenant with Nehemiah (Nehemiah 10:8). B.C. cir. 410. "From the coincidence between many of the names of the priests in the lists of the twenty-four courses established by David, of those who signed the covenant with Nehemiah (Nehemiah 12), it would seem either that these names were hereditary in families, or that they were applied to the families themselves. This is evidently the case with the names of the 'heads of the people' enumerated in Nehemiah 10:14-27."

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Maaziah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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