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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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."


Ezra (; , ; fl. 480–440 BCE), also called Ezra the Scribe (, ) and Ezra the Priest in the Book of Ezra, was a Jewish scribe and a priest. According to the Hebrew Bible he returned from the Babylonian exile and reintroduced the Torah in Jerusalem (Ezra 7–10 and Neh 8). According to 1 Esdras, a Greek translation of the Book of Ezra still in use in Eastern Orthodoxy, he was also a high priest. It's important to note that Rabbinic tradition holds that he was only a common priest.

Several traditions have developed over his place of burial. One tradition says that he is buried in al-Uzayr near Basra (Iraq), while another tradition alleges that he is buried in Tadif near Aleppo, in northern Syria.

His name may be an abbreviation of עזריהו , "God-helps". In the Greek Septuagint the name is rendered , from which the Latin name comes.

The Book of Ezra describes how he led a group of Judean exiles living in Babylon to their home city of Jerusalem (Ezra 8.2-14) where he is said to have enforced observance of the Torah. He was described as exhorting the Israeli people to be sure to follow the Torah Law so as not to intermarry with people of particular different religions (and ethnicities), a set of commandments described in the Pentateuch.

Ezra, known as "Ezra the scribe" in Chazalic literature, is a highly respected figure in Judaism.

Ezra (comics)

Ezra is a comic book character created by Sean O'Reilly, appearing in a series of comic books published through Arcana Studio.

Ezra first appeared in the first Arcana Studio comic book, Kade #1, released in 2004. Ezra is now one of Arcana's most published characters, with multiple appearances in various series.

Ezra (disambiguation)

Ezra is a male biblical name derived from Hebrew (עזרא) and must not be confused with the Turkish female name Esra. In a biblical context, Ezra refers to:

  • Ezra (c. 459 BC), an Old Testament major prophet and scribe
  • Esdras, Greek or Latin spelling of the above and title of versions of his books
  • Book of Ezra, a canonical book of the Old Testament written by the prophet Ezra

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Ezra (2007 film)

Ezra is a 2007 drama film directed by Newton I. Aduaka. It was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival where it won the Grand Prize.

Ezra (2016 film)

Ezra is an upcoming 2016 Indian Malayalam language film directed by Jay K. The film stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tovino Thomas, and Priya Anand. Tirru handles the cinematography while Rahul Raj composes the music.

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Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters Contents: Armstrong, Hannah Arnett, Harold Atherton, Lucius Ballard, John Barker, Amanda Barrett, Pauline Bartlett, Ezra Bateson, Marie Beatty, Tom Beethoven, Isaiah Bennett, Hon.

Ezra was gettin' entirely cured of biles, for which he had come, carbunkles.

Wall, Ezra and Druzilla wanted to go to the Sulphur Springs way beyend Saratoga Lake, and as the Deacon wuz agreeable, and I also, we sot out for it, though, as we all said, it wuz goin' to be a pretty long and tegus journey for a hot day.

That English girl had asked him to walk with her, and my pardner had broken a solemn engagement with Ezra and Druzilla Balch to go a walkin' with her.

Not much ease, though, for Paul Benden, Emily Boll, Joel Lilienkamp, Desi Arthied, Ezra Keroon, and the other captains with Theo Force and Ben Byrne representing the dolphineers.

Ezra had boasted all along that ole Bawley would keep his end up till they got clah to Wyoming.

In its place, I prepared a new and simple will which states all of Ezra Talboy's final bequeathment in a single clause.

First there would be the brief formality of Ezra Keroon, as fleet astrogator, confirming the exact ETA at their parking orbit, and then the landing site would be chosen.

The riders converged together and moved forward to the foot of the ramp where Paul Benden, in the full uniform of a fleet admiral, with Ongola and Ezra Keroon similarly attired flanking him, awaited the seventeen young heroes.

I recite Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" to the man with the gun, speaking slowly and arrhythmically, the way people do at spelling bees.

Jim and Ezra conferred with those ships that were on the comlink, and it was unanimously decided to continue, and see just how effective the safety gear was.

Eyes were downcast as she passed - all except for Ezra Feard, Josiah's main competitor.

But even the reprobate Jews hold Malachi, Haggai, Zechariah, and Ezra as the last received into canonical authority.

Emily Boll took a turn on the keyboard, and Ezra Keroon enthusiastically fiddled a medley of hornpipes that had everyone foot-tapping while several couples did hilarious imitations of the traditional seamen´s dance.

Ezra spotted the now-familiar grayness ahead, and they were faced with a choice of hoving to or giving their emergency gear a trial run.