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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ra - thū´mus ( Ῥάθυμος , Rháthumos ): One of those who joined in writing a letter to protest to Artaxerxes against the Jews (1 Esdras 2:16 ff). In 1 Esdras 2:17 he is styled "story-writer," the Revised Version margin "recorder" ( ὁ τὰ προσπίπτοντα sc. γράφων , ho tá prospı́ptonta ( gráphōn ) = "Rehum the chancellor" of Ezra 4:8 , Rathumus being a Greek form of Rehum. In 1 Esdras 2:16 his title appears as an independent proper name, BEELTETHMUS (which see) (here the King James Version margin gives "Bahumus," a misprint), and in 1 Esdras 2:25 R. and Beeltethmus are given as distinct persons.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Rathumus'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/r/rathumus.html. 1915.