Bible Names A-G : Gedaliah


Gedaliah in Wikipedia According to the Hebrew Bible, Gedaliah was appointed by Nebuchadnezzar as governor of Yehud province,[1] which was formed after the defeat the Kingdom of Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem, in a part of the territory that previously formed the kingdom. He was supported by a Chaldean guard stationed at Mizpah.[2] On hearing of the appointment, the Jews that had taken refuge in surrounding countries returned to Judah.[3] Gedaliah was the son of Ahikam[4] (who saved the life of the prophet Jeremiah)[5] and the grandson of Shaphan (who is mentioned in relation to the discovery of the scroll of Teaching that scholars identify as the core of the book of Deuteronomy)[6]. Gedaliah was a wise man, gentle and modest. He zealously began to encourage the people to cultivate the fields and vineyards, and thus lay the foundation of security. Many who had fled to neighboring lands during the war of destruction were attracted by the news of the revival of the community. They came to Gedaliah in Mizpah and were warmly welcomed by him...