Trusted Personal Servant
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Chamberlain. High-ranking officer in the service of the king.See Trades and Occupations.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Chamberlain [Heb. sārîs; Gk. eunoúchos, NT ho epí toú koitó̄nos (toú basiléōs) (Acts 12:20)]; NEB OT EUNUCH. A court attendant whose main duty was to wait on the king’s bedchamber. Heb. sārîs is usually rendered “eunuch,” but in 2 K. 21:11, AV and RSV, Nathanmelech is called a chamberlain;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CHAMBERLAIN* Originally, a royal official in charge of the private quarters of the king. They sometimes had other significant tasks and had great influence with those in authority (Acts 12:20). The chamberlain Erastus (Rom 16:23, kjv) was actually the city treasurer. Nathan-melech the chamberlain (2
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CHAMBERLAIN. The English word denotes the guardian of the (royal) chamber; in E antiquity men who performed this function were regularly eunuchs, and therefore words for ‘chamberlain’ and *‘eunuch’ are to a large extent interchangeable. This is true of Heb. sārîs and Gk. eunouchos (it is from the latter
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Chamberlain . An attendant in the bedchamber of a sovereign or lord. See Eunuch. On Rom. 16:23, see Treasurer, Treasury.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Chamberlain, an officer attached to the court of a king, who formerly had charge of the private apartments or chambers of the palace. He kept the accounts of the public revenues. The office held by Blastus, “the king’s chamberlain,” was entirely different from this. Acts 12:20. It was a post of honor
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CHAMBERLAIN (Heb. sārı̂s, “castrated,” sometimes translated “eunuch,” which see). An officer confidentially employed about the person of the sovereign, such as Potiphar (Gen. 39:1). This officer was introduced into the court by Solomon (1 Kings 4:6; 16:9; 18:3; “over the household”). His duty seems
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Chamberlaina confidential servant of the king (Gen. 37:36; 39:1). In Rom. 16:23 mention is made of “Erastus the chamberlain.” Here the word denotes the treasurer of the city, or the quaestor, as the Romans styled him. He is almost the only convert from the higher ranks of whom mention is made (comp.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHAMBERLAIN<cham’-ber-lin>: In the Old Testament the word rendered chamberlain, סָרִיס‎ [caric], is more properly “eunuch,” an officer which oriental monarchs placed over their harems (Est 1:10, 12, 15; 2:3, 14, 21; 4:4 f; 6:2, 14; 7:9; 2 Kings 23:11). This officer seems also
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Camerarius.—Name given to Chamberlains of the Pope, of a cardinal, or any Italian prelate. The Pope has two camerarii. One has charge of the alms and the other keeps watch over the silver plate, jewels, and reliquaries. These prelates wear a violet cassock with hanging sleeves, but without a cloak.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Chamʹber-lain, a term in Scripture of diverse significations. At the close of the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 16:23) Erastus, “the chamberlain of the city” of Corinth unites in the salutations. His office was that of public treasurer, an inferior magistrate who had charge of the public chest and was
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CHAMBERLAIN High military or political official whose title is related to Hebrew term meaning “castrated” or “eunuch” but actually may be derived from Akkadian term for royal official. That all officials bearing the Hebrew title, sar, were actually eunuchs is doubtful. The Rab-saris of 2 Kings 18:17
Key passages
2 Ki 23:11

He kept the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun from coming to the temple of Yawheh at the side room of Nathan-Melech the eunuch, which was in the court; and the chariots of the sun he burned with fire.

Es 1:10

On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he said to Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven of the eunuchs attending King Ahasuerus,

Ac 12:20

Now he was very angry with the Tyrians and Sidonians. So they came to him with one purpose, and after persuading Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country was supported with food from the king’s country.