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(uh fahr' ssach itess) or APHARSATHCHITES KJV transliteration of Aramaic terms in Ezra 4:9 ; Ezra 5:6 ; Ezra 6:6 . Modern translations translate the term to indicate government officials: governors (RSV); officials (NIV; NAS). The term in Ezra 4:9 may represent officials representing the Persian king in the provinces of his kingdom. The term in Ezra 5:6 and Ezra 6:6 may refer to government investigators or inspectors.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Apharsachites'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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