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RAB-SARIS . 1 . The title of an Assyr. [Note: Assyrian.] official who was sent by Sennacherib to Hezekiah to demand the surrender of Jerusalem ( 2 Kings 18:17 ). 2 . The title borne by two Bab. [Note: Babylonian.] officials, one of whom is recorded to have been present at the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, while the other is mentioned among the officials who ordered the release of Jeremiah after the capture of the city ( Jeremiah 39:3 ; Jeremiah 39:13 ). Rabsaris is the transcription, both in Heb. and Aram. [Note: Aramaic.] , of the Assyr. [Note: Assyrian.] and Bab. [Note: Babylonian.] title rabû (or rubû ) -sha-rçshu , borne by a high court-official, who may perhaps have been the ‘chief eunuch,’ though his office cannot be determined with absolute certainty.

L. W. King.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Rab-Saris'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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