The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hadassah, Daughter of Abihail
Hadassah, Daughter of Abihail (הֲדַסָּה‎, hadassah). Esther’s Hebrew name (e.g., Esth 2:7–22; 4:4–17).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hadassah (Person)
HADASSAH (PERSON) [Heb hădassâ (הֲדַסָּה)]. The name given to Esther when she is first introduced by the narrator of the book of Esther (2:7). He tells us that Mordecai, a Jew resident in Susa, was “raising Hadassah, that is Esther, his (i.e., Mordecai’s) niece.” The most natural understanding of this
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hadassah hə-dasʹə [Heb. haḏassâ] (Est. 2:7). The Hebrew name formerly borne by Esther. If derived from Akk. ḫadaššatu, “bride,” it would be one of the goddess Ishtar’s titles that had been conferred on Esther (2:7). Otherwise it would be the Hebrew-Aramaic name of an evergreen shrub bearing white
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hadassah (huh-das´uh; Heb., “myrtle”), another name for Esther (Esther 2:7), probably her given Hebrew name. “Esther” is a Babylonian or Persian name meaning either “Ishtar” (a goddess) or “star,” which may have been the name given her in the royal court (see 2:8–9) or a name adopted in conformity with
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HADASSAH. The earlier name of Esther, who became queen and the wife of Ahasuerus or Xerxes I (Est 2:7). In Heb. the name means “myrtle”. Possibly it could be a title given to her, derived from Akkad. håaddasûsûatu, “bride”; it was so used for Ishtar. See Esther.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hadassah (Aram. hăḏāssâ)The original Hebrew name for Esther (Esth. 2:7; Heb. “myrtle”). The earlier suggestion that it is a Babylonian title given her (from an epithet of the goddess Ishtar; Akk. Dadaššatu, “bride”) has been discounted.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hadassah [hə dăsˊə] (Aram. haḏāssâ “myrtle”). The original Hebrew name for Esther (Esth. 2:7) or a title given her (from an epithet of the goddess Ishtar; Akk. ḫadaššatu “bride”).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HADASSAH (Hebrew, “myrtle”) The name used for Esther when she is first introduced in the book of Esther (Esth 2:7).
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