What does Nehemiah 12:12 mean?
John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ver. 12-21. And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the
of the fathers
This was the son and successor of Jeshua, or Joshua, the first high
priest of the second temple; the principal men of the priesthood in
his time were as follow, and who were the sons, or however the
descendants of the priests in the time of his father before
mentioned: these were Meraiah, Hananiah, Meshullam, Jehohanan,
Jonathan, Joseph, Adna, Helkai, Zechariah, (the prophet of that
name,) Meshullam, Zichri, Piltai, Shammua, Jehonathan, Mattenai,
Uzzi, Kallai, Eber, Hashabiah, Nethaneel; in all twenty, whereas
there are twenty two named, as in his father's days, there being no
sons or descendants from two of them, namely, Hattush and Miamin.