(Am·a·riʹah) [said or promised by Jehovah].
1. A priestly descendant of Aaron’s son Eleazar through Phinehas; son of Meraioth; father of Ahitub; grandfather of Zadok, who served as a secondary priest during the reign of David and high priest during the reign of Solomon. (1 Chron. 6:7, 52) It cannot be stated definitely that Amariah officiated as high priest, since the office temporarily switched to the house of Eli during his period.
3. Chief priest “for every matter of Jehovah,” especially legal cases, during Jehoshaphat’s reign.—2 Chron. 19:11.
5. A Levite who assisted in distributing the tithes to the priests in their cities during the reign of Hezekiah.—2 Chron. 31:14, 15.
6. Son of Hezekiah (probably the king of Judah) and great-grandfather to the prophet Zephaniah.—Zeph. 1:1.
7. One of the principal priests returning from Babylon with Zerubbabel, 537 B.C.E. (Neh. 12:1, 2, 7) In the days of Governor Nehemiah there was a ‘paternal house’ of priests by his name.—12:12, 13, 26.
9. A priest, or the forefather of one, who attested to the “trustworthy arrangement” during Nehemiah’s governorship. (Neh. 9:38; 10:1, 3) He would have been more than 112 years old if the same as No. 7 above.
10. Ancestor of residents of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time; of the tribe of Judah.—Neh. 11:4.