Maasei'ah (Heb. Maaseyah', מִעֲשֵׂיָה, or [1Ch 15:18,20; 1Ch 23:1; 2Ch 25:11; 2Ch 28:7; 2Ch 34:8; Jer 25:4], Maaseya'hu, מִעֲשֵׂיָהוּ, the work of Jehovah; Sept. Μαασία, with many slight various readings), the name of several men.
1. One of the Levites of the second class, appointed porters of the Temple under David (1Ch 15:18), and also musicians "with psalteries upon Alamoth" (verse 20). B.C. 1043.
2. The son of Adaiah, and one of the "captains of hundreds" whom Jehoiada associated with himself in restoring the young king Jehoash to the throne (2Ch 23:1). B.C. 877.
3. A chieftain in the time of Uzziah, who had charge of the military in a subordinate rank (2Ch 26:11). B.C. 808.
4. The "king's son," killed by Zichri, the Ephraimitish hero, in the invasion of Judah by Pekah, king of Israel, during the reign of Ahaz (2Ch 28:7). The personage thus designated is twice mentioned in connection with the "governor of the city" (1Ki 22:26; 2Ch 18:25), and appears to have held an office of importance at the Jewish court (perhaps acting as viceroy during the absence of the king), just as the queen dowager was honored with the title of "king's mother" (compare 2Ki 24:12 with Jer 29:2), or gebirah, 1. "mistress," or "powerful lady." SEE MALCHIAH. For the conjecture of Geiger, SEE JOASH, 4. Perhaps, however, the individual here referred to was literally one of the sons of Ahaz. B.C. cir. 738.
5. The "governor of the city," one of those sent by king Josiah to repair the Temple (2Ch 34:8). B.C. 623. The date and rank render it not improbable that he was the Maaseiah (Heb. Machseyah', מִחֵֹסיָה, whose refuge is Jehovah; Sept. Μαασααίς v.r. Μασσααίς, etc.), the father of Neriah, and grandfather of Baruch and Seraiah, which latter were two persons of note to whom Jeremiah had recourse in his divine communications (Jer 32:12; Jer 51:59): and in that case he is likewise probably identical with MELCHI, the son of Addi, and father of Neri, in Christ's maternal genealogy (Lu 3:28).
6. The son of Shallum, apparently a priest, since he had a chamber in the Temple, and was one of its custodians (Jer 35:4). B.C. 606.
7. The father of the priest Zephaniah or Zedekiah, which latter was twice sent by the king with a message of inquiry to Jeremiah, and was denounced by the prophet for falsely encouraging the people (Jer 21:1; Jer 37:3; Jer 29:21,25). B.C. ante 589.
8. Son of Ithiel and father of Kolaiah, a Benjamite, one of whose descendants resided at Jerusalem after the exile (Ne 11:7). B.C. long ante 536.
9. One of the descendants of Judah who resided at Jerusalem after the captivity; he was the son of Baruch, and his genealogy is traced back to one Shiloni (Ne 11:5). B.C. 536. In the corresponding narrative of 1Ch 9:5, apparently the same person is called ASAIAH.
10. One of the priests of the kindred of Jeshua, who agreed to divorce their Gentile wives after the captivity (Ezr 10:18). B.C. 459.
11. Another priest, one of the "sons" of Harim, who divorced his Gentile wife after the exile (Ezr 10:21). B.C. 459. Perhaps it was he (apparently a priest) who formed one of the chorus that celebrated the completion of the new cite walls (Ne 12:42). B.C. 446.
12. Still another priest, of the "sons" of Pashur, who divorced his Gentile wife after the return from Babylon (Ezr 10:22). B.C. 459. Perhaps the same with one of the priests who celebrated with trumpets the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem (Ne 12:41). B.C. 446.
13. An Israelite, of the "sons" of Pahath-moab, who divorced his Gentile wife after the Babylonian captivity (Ezr 10:30). B.C. 459.
14. The son of Ananiah, and father of Azariah, which last repaired part of the walls of Jerusalem after the exile (Ne 3:23). B.C. ante 446.
15. One of the principal Israelites who stood on Ezra's right hand while he read and expounded the law to the people (Ne 8:4). B.C. cir. 410. He is perhaps identical with one of the popular chiefs who joined in the sacred covenant with Nehemiah (Ne 10:25). B.C. cir. 410.
16. One of the priests who assisted the Levites in expounding the law to the people as it was read by Ezra (Ne 8:7). B.C. cir. 410.