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The Rab-saris
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Title of a high-ranking Assyrian officer. It means “chief of the eunuchs,” and was also a title used in the Babylonian military.Three persons holding this title are mentioned in the Bible.1. One of the leaders of the Assyrian army (2 Kgs 18:17).2. Sarsechim, one of the leaders of the Babylonian army (Jer 39:3).3. Nebushazban, another leader of the Babylonian army (Jer 39:13). He may be the same person as the previous.Eunuchs—castrated men—were common in the Assyrian hierarchy. They performed various administrative functions. The term “eunuch” was sometimes given to an uncastrated man who held a post usually given to a eunuch.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Rabsaris
Rabsaris (רַב־סָרִיס‎, rav-saris). Title of a high-ranking Assyrian officer. It means “chief of the eunuchs,” and was also a title used in the Babylonian military.Three persons holding this title are mentioned in the Bible.1. One of the leaders of the Assyrian army (2 Kgs 18:17).2. Sarsechim, one of
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Rabsaris
RABSARIS [Heb rab-sārı̂s (רַב־סָרִיס)]. The rabsaris (Akk rab-ša-rēši) was a high-ranking Assyrian official; the word in Assyrian means literally “chief eunuch.” Eunuchs formed a most important part of the Assyrian bureaucracy and were numerous. The rabsaris, together with the rabshakeh and the tartan,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Rabsaris
Rabsaris. Title of a high-ranking Assyrian and Babylonian court official, usually a eunuch and sometimes supervisor of the royal harem. A rabsaris was part of the Assyrian delegation (2 Kgs 18:17), a judge at the gate (Jer 39:3), the official who released Jeremiah from prison (Jer 39:13), and one of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Rabsaris
Rabsaris rabʹsâr-is [Heb. raḇ-sārîs]; NEB “chief eunuch.” An official title often left untranslated (but cf. NEB; cf. also NIV “chief officer”). It is used of one of the three Assyrian officials sent by Sennacherib to challenge Hezekiah to surrender Jerusalem (2 K. 18:17; omitted in Isa. 36:3) and
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Rabsaris
RABSARIS* Title of a high-ranking Assyrian and Babylonian court official, usually a eunuch and sometimes supervisor of the royal harem. A rabsaris was part of the Assyrian delegation (2 Kgs 18:17), a judge at the gate (Jer 39:3), the official who released Jeremiah from prison (v 13), and one of Nebuchadnezzar’s
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Rabsaris
Rabsaris (rab´suh-ris; Akkadian, “chief of the eunuchs”).1 One of three Assyrian officials sent by Sennacherib to convince King Hezekiah to surrender (2 Kings 18:17–37).2, 3 Two Babylonian officials who appear in Jerusalem in the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the city (587/6 bce; Jer. 39:3,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Rabsaris
RABSARIS. A title meaning “chief of the eunuchs.” The title is used of (1) one of the three Assyrian officials sent by Sennacherib to Hezekiah (2 Kgs 18:17); (2) Sarsechim, one of the Babylonian princes who judged in the gate of Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar had captured it (Jer 39:3, RSV); (3) Nebushashban,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Rabsaris
RABSARIS. The title, ‘chief official’, of the following: 1. One of the three Assyrians sent by Sennacherib to parley with Hezekiah at Jerusalem (2 Ki. 18:17; cf. Is. 36:3, where it is omitted). 2. The Bab. Nabushazban who removed Jeremiah from prison and handed him over to Gedaliah (Je. 39:13). 3. *Sarsechim,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Rabsaris
Rabsaris (Heb. rab-sārɩ̂s)An Assyrian official. Most scholars hold that the title is a conflation of Akk. rab-ša-rēšu, lit., “chief eunuch.” The bearer of this title often took the role of military leadership in the absence of the king. The Rabsaris appears among the Assyrian officials who encouraged
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Rabsaris
Rabsaris [răb särˊĭs] (Heb. rab-sārîs).† The title of an important Assyrian (2 Kgs. 18:17) and Babylonian (Jer. 39:3, 13) official, it is derived from Akk. rab-ša-rēši “chief of the eunuchs” (so Dan. 1:3).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Rabsaris
RABSARIS The title of an Assyrian official who formed part of the delegation sent by Sennacherib to meet with King Hezekiah in Jerusalem (2 Kgs 18:17; cf. Isa 36:3). The Hebrew name is derived from the Assyrian for “chief eunuch.” (See also Rabshakeh and Tartan.)
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Rabsaris
Rab´saris (chief of the eunuchs).1. An officer of the king of Assyria sent up with Tartan and Rabshakeh against Jerusalem in the time of Hezekiah. 2 Kings 18:17. (b.c. 713.)2. One of the princes of Nebuchadnezzar, who was present at the capture of Jerusalem, b.c. 588. Jer. 39:3, 13. Rabsaris is probably
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