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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Rab-Mag

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RAB-MAG . The title of Nergal-sharezer , a Babylonian official present at the taking of Jerusalem ( Jeremiah 39:3; Jeremiah 39:13 ). For various conjectures as to the origin of the title, see Hastings’ DB [Note: Dictionary of the Bible.] , s.v. Tentatively adopting the oldest and most obvious account, that it means ‘chief magus,’ we note here that the name magus may very well have been applied to a sacred caste employed in Babylon long before it became associated with Zoroastrianism, to which the silence of the Avesta shows it was originally foreign. See Magi.

James Hope Moulton.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Rab-Mag'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/r/rab-mag.html. 1909.

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