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Melzar
A steward responsible for the food given to Daniel.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Melzar
Melzar. Steward responsible for the food given to Daniel (Dn 1:11, 16). The kjv translates the word as a proper name, but the rsv translates the word as a title. Most likely Melzar is a hebraization of a Babylonian title.
Steward
Steward. One in charge of domestic duties.See Trades and Occupations (Chamberlain).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Melzar
Melzar melʹzär. The AV translation of Heb. hammelṣar in Dnl. 1:11, 16. The AV follows the LXX, Syr, and Vulg in regarding the term as a proper name. In the MT, however, it is clearly a title, as the definite article proves (hence RSV “steward”; NEB “guard”). The word is probably derived from Akk.
Steward
Steward [Heb. ʾašer ʿal bayiṯ (“the one over the house,” Gen. 43:16, 19; 44:1, 4), śar (1 Ch. 27:31; 28:1), sōḵēn (Isa. 22:15), melṣar—‘guardian’ (Dnl. 1:11, 16); Gk. epítropos (Mt. 20:8; Lk. 8:3), oikonómos (Lk. 12:42; 16:1–3, 8; 1 Cor. 4:1f.; Tit. 1:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), oikonoméō—‘manage as
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Melzar
MELZAR* Steward responsible for the food given to Daniel (Dn 1:11, 16). The kjv translates the word as a proper name, but the rsv translates the word as a title. Most likely Melzar is a Hebraization of a Babylonian title.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Steward
steward, a person who oversees the possessions or interests of an owner or master. Stewardship might involve responsibility for a private household (Gen. 44:1; Luke 12:42; Gal. 4:2), a specific task (1 Chron. 29:6), a palace (Esther 1:8; 1 Kings 18:3; Isa. 36:3; Luke 8:3), business affairs (Matt. 20:8;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Melzar
St. Paul’s Bay, Malta, where the shipwreck of Acts 28 occurred. Malta Government Tourist BoardMELZAR. In the KJV this is a proper name, but in the ASV and RSV it is a title meaning “steward.” It refers to the person whom the price of the eunuchs appointed over Daniel and his three friends (Dan 1:11,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Melzar
MELZAR. The subordinate official in charge of Daniel and his companions, to whom Daniel appealed for a change of diet (Dn. 1:11–16). In av it is translated as a proper name, as in Theodotion, Lucian, and in Syr., Vulg. and Arab. vss. lxx gives ‘Abiesdri’, and identifies him with the chief of the eunuchs
Steward
STEWARD. In the OT a steward is a man who is ‘over a house’ (Gn. 43:19; 44:4; Is. 22:15, etc.). In the NT there are two words translated steward: epitropos (Mt. 20:8; Gal. 4:2), i.e. one to whose care or honour one has been entrusted, a curator, a guardian; and oikonomos (Lk. 16:2–3; 1 Cor. 4:1–2; Tit.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Steward
StewardOne designated by a master to oversee family, household, or state matters. Responsibilities might include the palace (1 Kgs. 16:9; 2 Kgs. 10:5), business affairs (Matt. 20:8), or the city treasury (Rom. 16:23). The steward might also be responsible for the entire household, as with Joseph’s steward.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Melzar
Melzar [mĕlˊzär] (Heb. hammelṣar). This word, taken as a proper noun in KJV (Dan. 1:11, 16, following LXX, Syr., Vulg.), was actually a title, possibly “steward” (so RSV, following MT) or “guard” (JB, NIV).
Steward
Steward. In the basic sense, a person who manages the affairs of a large and wealthy household. The tasks of a steward might in different cases include supervision of the service at the master’s table, oversight of other household servants, or management of the master’s finances. When Joseph was a leading
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Steward
STEWARD A servant in charge of a house or estate. The steward was often given considerable authority over the household and served as a manager (Gen 39:4; Luke 16:1–8; 1 Cor 4:1–2).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Melzar
Melzar (steward). The DAV is wrong in regarding melzar as a proper name; it is rather an official title, Dan. 1:11, 16; the marginal reading, “the steward,” is therefore more correct.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Steward
STEWARD (usually Heb. śar, “head” person; Gk. epitropos, “manager”; oikonomos, “overseer”). A manager or superintendent of another’s household, as Eliezer was over the house of Abraham (cf. Gen. 15:2). We read of Joseph’s steward (43:19; 44:1, 4) and of Herod’s steward (Luke 8:3; “manager,” NIV). As
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Melzar
Melzarprobably a Persian word meaning master of wine, i.e., chief butler; the title of an officer at the Babylonian court (Dan. 1:11, 16) who had charge of the diet of the Hebrew youths.
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