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Courier
Couriers
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Courier
Courier [Heb. rāṣ] (2 Ch. 30:6, 10; Est. 3:13, 15; 8:10, 14); AV POST (also in Job 9:25; Jer. 51:31, RSV and NEB “runner”). Members of the royal guard who carried royal letters and dispatches throughout the kingdom, on foot or, as in the Persian empire, on swift horses (Est. 8:10, 14; cf. Xenophon
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Courier
COURIER (Heb. rûṣ, a “runner”). Complete establishments of couriers formed a part of royal establishments (2 Chron. 30:6, 10; “posts,” KJV), their purpose being to carry by foot messages as swiftly as possible. Jeremiah shows that a regular postal service of this sort existed in his time (Jer. 51:31,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Couriers
COURIERS Members of the royal guard who carried messages throughout the kingdom (2 Chron. 30:6, 10; Esther 3:13, 15; 8:10, 14). Roman couriers were empowered to confiscate transportation or the help of citizens of the empire in the fulfillment of their duties (Matt. 5:41; Mark 15:21).
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
COURIER
COURIER [רָץrats]. A messenger who preceded the royal official (2 Sam 15:1; 1 Kgs 1:5) or who brought news from or to officials (2 Sam 18:21–26; 2 Chr 30:6; Esth 3:13–15; 8:10–14; Jer 51:31), often running or riding on horseback and carrying a written document. See MESSENGER; TRAVEL AND COMMUNICATION