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Ahasuerus (ruler)
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ahasuerus of Media
Ahasuerus of Media (אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ‎, achashwerosh). Ruler who assisted Nebuchadnezzar in destroying Nineveh (Tob 14:15). The historical veracity of Tobit, however, is in question, leaving the identity of this character in doubt. For more information, see this article: Tobit, Book of.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ahasuerus (Person)
AHASUERUS (PERSON) [Heb ʾăhašwērôš (אֲהַשְׁוֵרֹושׁ); Gk asyēros (ἀσυηρος)].1. The Persian king who chose Esther to be his queen (Esth 1:1; 2:16–17; cf. also Ezra 4:6). See ESTHER. He is to be identified with the famous XERXES (485–465 b.c.), but was mistakenly identified in Jewish Midrash with
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ahasuerus
Ahasuerus. 1. Persian king better known to Western readers as Xerxes I (485–465 bc); the son and successor of Darius I (Hystaspis). In Ezra 4:6 Ahasuerus is mentioned as receiving letters of accusation from enemies of the Jews about their rebuilding the temple.The gate of Xerxes in Persepolis, with
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ahasuerus
AHASUERUS1. Persian king better known to Western readers as Xerxes I (486–465 bc); the son and successor of Darius I (Hystaspis). In Ezra 4:6 Ahasuerus is mentioned as receiving letters of accusation from enemies of the Jews about their rebuilding the temple.Ahasuerus played a role in biblical history
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ahasuerus
Ahasuerus (uh-has´yoo-air´uhs), a Persian king mentioned in the book of Esther, usually identified with Xerxes I (485–464 bce); the historical Xerxes I ruled over twenty satrapies (Herodotus History 3.89), and his queen was Amestris from a noble Persian family (History 7.61). Ahasuerus is described in
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ahasuerus
AHASUERUS. Better known by Gr. name Xerxes (486–465 b.c.), he was the son of Darius I and father of Artaxerxes I. Scripture indicates that he ruled a vast empire from India to Ethiopia (Est 1:1; cf. Herodotus 7:9), deposed Vashti as queen in 483 b.c., and chose Esther in 478 b.c. Four years later he
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ahasuerus
AHASUERUS (’aḥašwērôš, the Heb. equivalent of the Persian khshayarsha). In the Elephantine Aramaic papyri the consonants appear as ḥsy’rš. The resemblance of the latter to the Greek Xerxes is reasonably close, and the Babylonian version of Xerxes’ name on the Behistun inscription is close to the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ahasuerus
Ahasuerus (Heb. ʾăḥašwērôš; Gk. ʾAssouēros)1. In all probability, the biblical name for Xerxes I (Pers. khshayârshâ), king of Persia 486–465 b.c.e., son and successor of Darius I. Under his father he was satrap over Babylon (498–486). Upon his accession he recaptured Egypt (484), which had
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ahasuerus
Ahasuerus [ə hăzhˊ ŏo ĕrˊəs] (Heb. ˒aḥašwērôš; Gk. Assouēros].†
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ahasuerus
AHASUERUS (Greek Xerxes) The king who made the Jewish woman Esther the queen of Persia; it is an alternate name for the Persian ruler Xerxes I (r. 486–465 b.c.). (See under Xerxes for details.)
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ahashverosh
Ahashve´rosh. Another (the Hebrew) form of Ahasuerus. Ezra 4:6, in margin.
Ahasuerus
Ahasue´rus (lion-king), the name of one Median and two Persian kings mentioned in the Old Testament.1. In Dan. 9:1 Ahasuerus is said to be the father of Darius the Mede. [Darius.] This first Ahasuerus is Cyaxares, the conqueror of Nineveh. (Began to reign b.c. 634.)2. The Ahasuerus king of Persia,
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