The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ashpenaz (אַשְׁפְּנַז‎, ashpenaz). The chief eunuch of Nebuchadnezzar, who was responsible for summoning exiles like Daniel to serve in the king’s court (Dan 1:3).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ashpenaz (Person)
ASHPENAZ (PERSON) [Heb ʾašpĕnaz (אַשְׁפְּנַז)]. An important official in the court of Nebuchadnezzar (605–562 b.c.). In Dan 1:3 he is described as the king’s chief eunuch who was responsible for the selection and education of members of the Jewish royal family and aristocracy (among whom were Daniel
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ashpenaz. Official under Nebuchadnezzar in charge of palace personnel (Dn 1:3). Ashpenaz was reluctant to grant the captives from Judah, Daniel and his friends, a reprieve from eating the king’s food, but eventually he did so (Dn 1:8–16). (Eating animal food from the table of Gentiles would have forced
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ashpenaz ashʹpə-naz [Heb. ’ašpenaz]. A highly placed court official under Nebuchadrezzar, mentioned only in Dnl. 1:3. His task was to recruit intelligent Jewish captives for the royal service.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ASHPENAZ. Master of the eunuchs in the court of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (Dan 1:3). The meaning of the name is unknown. It is perhaps of Persian origin, and has been found on an incantation text at Nippur.Ashpenaz held a position which was common in Oriental courts. One in this position could
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ashpenaz (Heb. ʾašpĕnaz)The chief of Nebuchadnezzar’s eunuchs, charged with recruiting Jewish nobility among the captives for the king’s service (Dan. 1:3–4).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ashpenaz [ăshˊpə năz] (Heb. ˒ašpenaz). The chief of Nebuchadnezzar’s eunuchs, charged with recruiting handsome and intelligent Jewish captives of nobility for the king’s service (Dan. 1:3–4).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ASHPENAZ The chief eunuch in the court of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 1:3–4). He had the duty of recruiting for the royal service from among the Jewish nobility exiled in Babylon.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ash´penaz (horse-nose), the master of the eunuchs of Nebuchadnezzar. Dan. 1:3.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ASH´PENAZ (ashʹpe-naz). The chief of the officials (or eunuchs, Dan. 1:3, see marg.), a chamberlain of Nebuchadnezzar, after 604 b.c., who was commanded to select certain Jewish captives to be instructed in the “literature and language of the Chaldeans” (1:4). Among those he selected were Daniel and
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Ashpenazthe master of the eunuchs of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 1:3), the “Rabsaris” of the court. His position was similar to that of the Kislar-aga of the modern Turkish sultans.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ASHPENAZ<ash’-pe-naz> ( אַשְׁפְּנַז‎ [’ashpenaz]): The master of the eunuchs of Nebuchadnezzar was an officer into whose hands the king entrusted those of the children of Israel, and of the princes, and of the seed of the king of Judah, whom he had carried captive to Babylon, that they might be taught
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