Ahikar (cupbearer)
Chief cupbearer, keeper of the signet and in charge of administration of the accounts.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ahikar/Ahiqar (Person)
AHIKAR/AHIQAR (PERSON). Ahiqar has long been familiar as an Assyrian sage who was the hero of a book that was read and preserved by Jews of antiquity. There is no doubt that the many versions of the work that bears his name are nonhistorical in character, but recent discoveries have made it quite likely
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ahikar ə-hīʹkär [GK. Achiacharos, Acheicharos]; AV ACHIACHARUS. Nephew of Tobit (son of Tobit’s brother Anael) and grand vizier of the Assyrian court (Tob. 1:21f). Because of his high position, Ahikar was able to intercede for Tobit and enable his return to Nineveh, where his property had been confiscated
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ahikar, Ahiqar
Ahikar, Ahiqar (Gk. Achiacharos)A legendary sage and advisor at the Assyrian court, perhaps modeled on a historical figure. Books ascribed to or about Ahiqar were very widespread in Mediterranean antiquity. The earliest extant version of such a book comes from Aramaic papyri dated ca. 420 b.c.e., although
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ahikar [ə hīˊkär] (Gk. Achiacharos, Acheicharos).† The son of Anael and nephew of “Ibbit (Tob. 1:21). He was grand vizier under the Assyrian king Sennacherib and, after Sennacherib was murdered (2 Kgs. 19:36–37), under his successor Esarhaddon (Tob. 1:22). He was able to use his influence in
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ahikar legend
Ahikar legend. A story which occurs in various forms but in essence tells of a Grand Vizier of Sennacherib, Ahikar the Wise, against whom his adopted son, Nadan, plotted and received appropriate retribution. The legend was widely spread in the East. It is met with in the *Elephantine papyri and in Romanian,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ACHIACHARUS<a-ki-ak’-a-rus> (Codex Vaticanus [ʼΑχιάχαρος, Achiacharos]; [ʼΑξείχαρος, Acheicharos]): Governor of Assyria. Achiacharus is the son of Anael, a brother of Tobit (Tobit 1:21). Sarchedonus (Esarhaddon), the king of Assyria, appointed him over all “accounts of his kingdom” and over all
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Achiacharus ak′yuh-kay′ruhs. KJV Apoc. form of Ahikar (Tob. 1:21–22; 2:10).
Ahikar uh-hi′kahr (Aram. אחיקר, “my brother is precious”). Also Aḥiḳar and (in more recent scholarship) Ahiqar. Tobit refers to Ahikar (Gk. Achiacharos, but the spelling varies) as his nephew, who was “chief cupbearer, keeper of the signet, and in charge of administrations of the accounts under King
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ACHIACHARUS, a-ki-akʹa-rus (B Ἀχιάχαρος, Achiácharos; Ἀχείχαρος, Acheícharos): Governor of Assyria. A. is the son of Anael, a brother of Tobit (Tob 1:21). Sarehedonus (Esarhaddon), the king of Assyria, appointed him over all “accounts of his kingdom” and over all “his affairs” (Tob 1:21 f; cf Dnl
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
AhikarAhikar was the nephew and helper of Tobit (Tob. 1:21), although he was the hero of a legend much older than the story of Tobit. A very similar tale to his is found in the Arabian tradition and is one of the stories in A Thousand and One Nights.Scholars attributed this to coincidence until the
Ahikar [uh--kar] (Ἀχείχαρος, perhaps from the Aramaic אהיקר‎, ahyeqar, “precious brother”): nephew of Tobit (Tob. 1:21)
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AHIKAR, AHIQAR uh-hi´kahr [Ἀχιάχαρος Achiacharos]. From the Aramaic ʿakhiqr, meaning “the (divine) brother is glorious.” An advisor to the Assyrian kings Sennacherib and Esarhaddon, the subject of the Book of Ahikar, which contains the story of Ahikar and his nephew Nadin, as well as the proverbs Ahikar
See also
Hanael Father
Tobit Uncle
Tobiah Cousin
Nasbas Nephew