It is recorded in the Bible that during the time Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem he was confronted with many suggestions to delay, interrupt, or discontinue his activity. Chief among those who sought to dissuade him were Sanballat, who has been identified as an official of Samaria; Tobiah, a slave who nevertheless had some political power; and an Arabian by the name of Geshem, who is later referred to as Gashmu.
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