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The chief eunuch of Nebuchadnezzar, who was responsible for summoning exiles like Daniel to serve in the king’s court (Dan 1:3).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
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
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
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
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
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