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Meshach
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
One of the young Israelites whom Nebuchadnezzar made an official in Babylon (Dan 1:6–19; 2:17–49; 3:12–30). His Hebrew name was Mishael (מִישָׁאֵל‎, misha'el); he was renamed Meshach after his appointment to the court. For further information about Meshach, and the deuterocanonical tradition surrounding him, see these articles: Abednego; Daniel, Book of; Song of the Three Young Men.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Meshach
Meshach (מֵישַׁךְ‎, meishakh). One of the young Israelites whom Nebuchadnezzar made an official in Babylon (Dan 1:6–19; 2:17–49; 3:12–30). His Hebrew name was Mishael (מִישָׁאֵל‎, misha'el); he was renamed Meshach after his appointment to the court. For further information about Meshach, and the deuterocanonical
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego (Persons)
SHADRACH, MESHACH, ABEDNEGO (PERSONS) [Heb; Aram šadrak (שַׁדְרַך‎), mêšak (מֵישַׁך‎), ʿăbēdnĕgô (עֲבֵדְנְגֹו)]. Babylonian names given to a special group of Jewish noblemen by Nebuchadnezzar’s chief eunuch Ashpenaz in the exilic period. Along with Daniel, who was similarly named (see BELTESHAZZAR),
Mishael (Person)
MISHAEL (PERSON) [Heb mı̂šāʾēl (מִישָׁאֵל)]. Var. MESHACH. Three individuals in the Hebrew Bible bear this name.1. A Levite in the line of Kohath, son of Uzziel, and cousin of Aaron (Exod 6:22). When Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, were killed for presenting unauthorized offerings, Moses instructed
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Meshach
Meshach. One of the three companions of the prophet Daniel who was thrown into the fiery furnace (Dn 1:7; 2:49; 3:12–30).See Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Babylonian names of three Hebrew youths, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who along with Daniel and others were taken to Babylon as hostages by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 bc (2 Kgs 24:1; Dn 1:1–4). They may have been of royal descent (2 Kgs 20:18; Is 39:7) and their presence
Mishael
Mishael. 1. Uzziel’s son (Ex 6:22), who, with his brother Elzaphan, was summoned by Moses to remove the bodies of Nadab and Abihu after they were killed for defiling the altar of the Lord (Lv 10:1–5).2. One who stood beside Ezra when the Law was read (Neh 8:4).3. Hebrew name for one of Daniel’s companions
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Meshach
Meshach mēʹshak [Heb mêšaḵ]. The Babylonian name given to Daniel’s companion in captivity, Mishael, by Nebuchadrezzar’s chief official (Dnl. 1:7). Each of Daniel’s three associates received a new name corresponding roughly to his Hebrew name. Mishael in Hebrew (mîšāʾēl) probably meant “Who is
Misael
Misael mis̀a-el (AV, NEB, 1 Esd. 9:44; AV Song Three 66; 1 Macc. 2:59). See Mishael.
Mishael
3. The Hebrew name of one of Daniel’s three companions (Dnl. 1:6f, 11, 19; 2:17; Song Three 66; 1 Macc. 2:59). The Babylonians named him MESHACH.
Mishael
Mishael mish̀e-el [Heb mîšāʾēl—‘who is what God is?’ (?); Gk Apoc. Misaēl]; AV, NEB, also MISAEL.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Meshach
MESHACH One of the three companions of the prophet Daniel who was thrown into the fiery furnace (Dn 1:7; 2:49; 3:12–30). See Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO Babylonian names of three Hebrew youths, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who along with Daniel and others were taken to Babylon as hostages by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 bc (2 Kgs 24:1; Dn 1:1–4). They may have been of royal descent (2 Kgs 20:18; Is 39:7), and thus their presence
Mishael
MISHAEL1. Uzziel’s son (Ex 6:22), who, with his brother Elzaphan, was summoned by Moses to remove the bodies of Nadab and Abihu after they were killed for defiling the altar of the Lord (Lv 10:1–5).2. One who stood beside Ezra when the law was read (Neh 8:4).3. Hebrew name for one of Daniel’s companions
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Meshach
Meshach (mee´shak), the Babylonian name given to Mishael, one of Daniel’s three companions (Dan. 1:7). The etymology is uncertain, but a relation to Marduk, the god of Babylon, has been suggested. See also Abednego; Daniel; Shadrach.
Meshech
Meshech (mee´shek).1 The sixth son of Japheth (Gen. 10:2). His name, like the names of the fourth son (Javan) and fifth son (Tubal), is also the name for an area.2 A region in Asia Minor. Meshech appears in Assyrian texts as Muski or Musku from 1200 bce onward. Its people were noted metallurgists and
Mishael
Mishael (mish´ay-uhl; Heb., “who is what El [God] is?”).1 The son of Uzziel of the Kohathite line of Levites (Exod. 6:22; Lev. 10:4).2 A man, probably a Levite, who stood with Ezra as he read the law (Neh. 8:4).3 The Hebrew name of one of the young men taken captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar along
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Meshach
MESHACH. The name given to Mishael, one of Daniel’s three companions, by the chief of Nebuchadnezzar’s eunuchs (Dan 1:7; 2:49; 3:12–30). His Heb. name means “Who is what God is?” Thus it is conjectured that his Akkad. name may have been Mishaaku, “Who is what Aku (Sumerian moon-god) is?” No Babylonian
Mishael
MISHAEL1. A son of Uzziel, descendent of Kohath son of Levi (Ex 6:16, 18, 22). With Elzaphan he carried out the bodies of Nadab and Abihu from the tabernacle outside the camp (Lev 10:1–4).2. One who stood by Ezra at the reading of the law when the former captives in Babylonia returned to Jerusalem
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Meshach
MESHACH (Heb. mēšaḵ). The name given to Mishael (‘who is what God is’?), one of Daniel’s companions in captivity at Babylon, by Nebuchadrezzar’s chief eunuch (Dn. 1:7; 2:49, etc.). The most plausible meaning of the name suggested is the Bab. mēsǎku (‘I have become weak’) perhaps given as similar
Mishael
MISHAEL (Heb. mîšā’ēl, ‘who is what God is’?). 1. A son of *Uzziel, a Levite (Ex. 6:22) who, with his brother *Elzaphan, carried the bodies of Nadab and Abihu outside the camp after they had been killed for desecrating the altar (Lv. 10:1–5). 2. A colleague of Daniel (Dn. 1:6, 11, etc.; 1 Macc. 2:59)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Meshach
Meshach (Heb., Aram. mêšaḵ)The Babylonian name (Akk. Mɩ̂ša-aku, “Who is that which Aku [a Sumerian lunar deity] is”) given to one of Daniel’s companions (Dan. 1:7; 2:49; 3:12–30). Meshach’s Hebrew name, Mishael (mɩ̂šāʾēl), means “Who is what God is?”See Abednego.
Mishael
Mishael (Heb. mɩ̂šāʾēl)1. A priestly figure of the wilderness period; a son of Uzziel in the line of Kohath (Exod. 6:22; Lev. 10:4).2. An influential community member, perhaps a Levite, who stood at Ezra’s left hand during his public reading of the law (Neh. 8:4; 1 Esdr. 9:44).3. The Hebrew name
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Meshach
Meshach [mēˊshăk] (Heb., Aram. mêšaḵ). The Babylonian name (Akk. Mîsha-aku “Who is that which Aku [a Sumerian lunar deity] is?”) given to one of Daniel’s companions (Dan. 1:7; 2:49; 3:12–30). Meshach’s Hebrew name, Mishael (mîšā˒ēl) means “Who is what God is?” see Abednego.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Meshach
MESHACH The Babylonian name given to Mishael, one of the Jewish companions of Daniel taken into exile (Dan 1:7). He was one of the three young men cast in the fiery furnace but delivered by God (Dan 3:23–30).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Meshach
Me´shach (guest of a king), the name given to Mishael, one of the companions of Daniel, who with three others was chosen from among the captives to be taught, Dan. 1:4, and qualified to “stand before” King Nebuchadnezzar, Dan. 1:5, as his personal attendants and advisers. Dan. 1:20. But notwithstanding
Mishael
Mish´ael (who is what God is?).1. One of the sons of Uzziel, the uncle of Aaron and Moses. Ex. 6:22. When Nadab and Abihu were struck dead for offering strange fire, Mishael and his brother Elzaphan, at the command of Moses, removed their bodies from the sanctuary, and buried them without the camp,
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