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Zebedee


Zeb’edee (my gift) (Greek form of Zabdi), a fisherman of Galilee, the father of the apostles James the Great and John, Matt. 4:21, and the husband of Salome. Matt. 27:56; Mark 15:40. He probably lived either at Bethsaida or in its immediate neighborhood. It has been inferred from the mention of his “hired servants,” Mark 1:20, and from the acquaintance between the apostle John and Annas the high priest, John 18:15, that the family of Zebedee were in easy circumstances, comp. John 19:27, although not above manual labor. Matt. 4:21. He appears only twice in the Gospel narrative, namely, in Matt. 4:21–22; Mark 1:19–20, where he is seen in his boat with his two sons mending their nets.