Merai'oth (Hebrews Merayoth', מרָיוֹת, rebellions; Sept. Μεραιώθ, Μεραώθ, and Μαριώθ v. r. Μαριήλ), the name of one or more leading priests.
1. The son of Zerahiah and father of Amariah, a high-priest of the line of Eleazar (1Ch 6:6-7,52; Ezr 7:3). BC. considerably ante 1062. It was thought by Lightfoot that he was the immediate predecessor of Eli in the office of high-priest, and that at his death the high-priesthood changed from the line of Eleazar to the line of Ithamar (Temple Service, iv, § 1). In 1Ch 9:11; Ne 11:11, his name appears to have become transposed between those of Zadok and Ahitub, instead of its proper place after the latter, as may be seen from 1Ch 6:6-12. SEE HIGH-PRI-EST.
2. A chief priest whose son Helkai was contemporary with the high-priest Joiakim (Ne 12:15); doubtless identical with the MEREMOTH of ver. 3.