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Also known as Darius the Mede. A Persian ruler recorded in the book of Daniel (Dan 5–6, 9). Ruled over the kingdom of Chaldea after the Persian conquest of Babylon.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DARIUS (PERSON) [Heb dārĕyāweš (דָּרְיָוֶשׁ)]. The first Achaemenid king of this name, usually called the Great. He ascended the throne in clouded and complicated circumstances in 521 b.c. Son of Vishtaspa, Satrap of Parthia, he belonged to a collateral branch of the Achaemenid family and claimed
Darius the Mede (Person)
DARIUS THE MEDE (PERSON) [Aram dārĕyāweš mādāyāʾ (דָּרְיָוֶשׁ מָדָיָא)]. The Median Darius was a 62-year-old man who, as predicted by Daniel, gained control over the Chaldean kingdom immediately following the death of Belshazzar (Dan 5:28–6:2). His first action as king was to set 120 satraps over
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. Darius “the Mede.” A ruler of this name is said in Dnl. 5:30 to have taken control of the Neo-Babylonian empire (“the realm of the Chaldeans,” Dnl. 9:1) immediately after the death of Belshazzar. It was this Darius who, according to Dnl. 6, had Daniel thrown into the den of lions (vv 7–18) and who
Darius də-rīʹəs [Heb. and Aram dāreyāweš; Old Pers. darayavahuš]. The name of three rulers mentioned in the OT.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DARIUS Name of three emperors in the Persian dynasty of the legendary King Achaemenes. A Darius appears in the biblical books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Zechariah as a Persian king, and in the book of Daniel as a Mede who became king over the Chaldeans (Dn 9:1).Darius I (521–486 bc) Also known as
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Darius (duh-ri´uhs).1 Darius I (the Great, 522–486 bce), the first of three Persian (Achaemenid) rulers. This Darius is intended in Ezra 4–6, Haggai, and Zech. 1–8. He established himself on the throne in a power struggle in the years 522–520 bce. The account of this struggle appears on the trilingual
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Darius the Mede
DARIUS THE MEDE. The ruler of “the realm of the Chaldeans” (Dan 9:1) under Cyrus (Dan 6:28), immediately following the death of Belshazzar (Dan 5:30–31). He is best remembered for his decree which resulted in the prophet Daniel’s being cast into a den of lions (6:7–28). He is not to be confused with
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Darius (Heb. dārĕyāweš; O. Pers. darayavahuš)1. Darius I, king of Persia 522–486 b.c.e. Darius, of uncertain lineage, came to the throne of Persia through suspect circumstances. His famed Behistun inscription claims a pretender attempted to take the throne from Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Darius [də rīˊəs] (Heb., Aram. dāreyāweš; O. Pers. darayava[h]uš “he who upholds the good”).† The name of a number of Persian rulers.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DARIUS The name of three kings of Persia: Darius I Hystaspes, the Great (r. 522–486 b.c.), Darius II Nothos (r. 423–404 b.c.), and Darius III Codomannus (r. 336–330 b.c.). Only the first of these is mentioned in the Bible (but see also Darius the Mede).Darius I came to the throne in 522 b.c. Once secure
Darius the Mede
DARIUS THE MEDE Successor of the slain king Belshazzar as ruler of Babylon after the conquest of the city in 539 b.c. He is mentioned only in the book of Daniel, which states that Darius was a “Mede” by birth who became “king” over the ancient region of Babylonia (Dan 9:1). He came to this office at
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Dari´us (lord), the name of several kings of Media and Persia.1. Darius the Mede, Dan. 6:1; 11:1, “the son of Ahasuerus,” Dan. 9:1, who succeeded to the Babylonian kingdom on the death of Belshazzar, being then sixty-two years old. Dan. 5:31; 9:1. (b.c. 538.) Only one year of his reign is mentioned,