Harper’s Bible Dictionary
edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)
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Shebnah, the state secretary of King Hezekiah at the time of Sennacheribs campaign against Judah (2 Kings 18:18-19:2; Isa. 36:3-37:2). Apparently he had been demoted to this position from the higher office of royal steward following a bitter critique of Isaiah (Isa. 22:15-25).
The New Bible Dictionary
Edited by J.D. Douglas (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1962)
SHEBNA. A high official under Hezekiah, variously designated minister (which is over the house, Is. 22:15), secretary (scribe, 2 Ki. 18:18; 19:2; Is. 36:3), and state official (treasurer, Is. 22:15). A man of wealth, he was rebuked by Isaiah for preparing a conspicuously monumental rock-hewn tomb and his downfall predicted (Is. 22:15-19). Part of the inscribed lintel from such a tomb has been recovered (N. Avigad, IEJ 3, 1953, pp. 137-152; D. J. Wiseman, IBA, 1958, p. 59).
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