(joy' uh duh) Short form of personal name Jehoiada meaning, “Yah knows.” 1. Man who helped repair the old gate of Jerusalem under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 3:6, KJV reads, Jehoiada). 2. High priest about 425 B.C. (Nehemiah 12:10-11,Nehemiah 12:22). Ezra suspected one of his sons, who married Sanballat's daughter, of being a traitor (Nehemiah 13:28). See Sanballat. Such marriage of a high priest's family with a foreigner violated Jewish law (Leviticus 21:14).
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