Shabbethai in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Sabbath-born, a Levite who assisted in expounding the law and
investigating into the illegal marriages of the Jews
10:15; Neh. 8:7; 11:16).
Shabbethai in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Ezra 10:15.
2. Nehemiah 11:16.
Shabbethai in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Shabbethai in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A Levite, assistant to Ezra
-2. An expounder of the law
-3. A chief Levite, an attendant of the temple
Shabbethai in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(sabbatical) a Levite in the time of Ezra. Ezr 10:15 It is
apparently the same who with Jeshua and others instructed the
people in the knowledge of the law. Ne 8:7 (B.C. 450.)
Shabbethai in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
shab'-e-thi (shabbethay, "one born on the Sabbath"; Codex
Vaticanus Sabathai; Codex Alexandrinus Kabbathai = "Sabbateus"
of 1 Esdras 9:14): A Levite who opposed (?) Ezra's suggestion
that the men who had married foreign wives put them aside (Ezr
10:15). Kuenen, however, renders the phrase `amedhu `al zo'th,
of which Asahiel and Jahaziah are the subjects, to mean "stand
over," "have charge of," rather than "stand against," "oppose"
(Gesammelte Abhandlungen, 247 f); this would make Shabbethai,
who was in accord with the two men mentioned above, an ally
rather than an opponent of Ezra. We incline toward Kuenen's
interpretation in view of the position attained by Shabbethai
under Nehemiah--one he would have been unlikely to attain had
he been hostile to Ezra. He is mentioned among those appointed
to explain the Law (Neh 8:7), and as one of the chiefs of the
Levites who had the oversight of "the outward business of the
house of God" (Neh 11:16).
Horace J. Wolf
Shabbethai Scripture - Ezra 10:15
Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah
were employed about this [matter]: and Meshullam and
Shabbethai the Levite helped them.
Shabbethai Scripture - Nehemiah 11:16
And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, [had]
the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.
Shabbethai Scripture - Nehemiah 8:7
Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub,
Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad,
Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to
understand the law: and the people [stood] in their place.