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.
Melzarmelʹzär. 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.
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.
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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,
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
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.
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. 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
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