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The only person clearly designated as such in the NT is Blastus, ὁ ἐπὶ τοῦ κοιτῶνος τοῦ βασιλέως (sc. Herod Agrippa i.), whom the Tyrians and Sidonians persuaded to befriend them against the king’s displeasure at Caesarea, and to obtain peace for them ‘because their country was nourished by the king’s country’ (Acts 12:20). The office he held would obviously involve great intimacy and influence with the king. Erastus, who is called ‘the chamberlain of the city’ in Romans 16:23 (Authorized Version ; Revised Version ‘treasurer’), held a different office (see Steward). The eunuch of Acts 8:27 ff. also held a different office he ‘was over all’ the queen’s ‘treasure’ (see Ethiopian Eunuch).

C. L. Feltoe.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Chamberlain'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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