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also known as: Zorobabel, Sheshbazzar
Meaning: the seed of Babylon
a prominent descendant of King David
Zerubbabel was the son of Salathiel or Shealtiel (Hag. 1:1; Zorobabel, Matthew 1:12); called also the son of Pedaiah (1 Chronicles 3:17-19), i.e., according to a frequent usage of the word “son;” the grandson or the nephew of Salathiel.
In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, he led the first band of Jews, numbering 42,360 (Ezra 2:64), exclusive of a large number of servants, who returned from captivity at the close of the 70 years.