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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
task´mas - ter . ( מס שׂר , sar maṣ , "chief of the burden" or "levy" ( Exodus 1:11 ); נגשׂ , nōghēs , "distress," "driver," "oppressor," "raiser of taxes," "taskmaster" (Exodus 3:7; Exodus 5:6 , Exodus 5:10 , Exodus 5:13 , Exodus 5:14 )): Officials of this class seem to have been officially appointed by Pharaoh for the purpose of oppressing the Israelites and subduing their spirits, lest they seek complete independence or organize a rebellion against the government (Exodus 1:11 ). The condition of the Israelites at this time became one of complete vassalage or slavery, probably owing to the fact that the Hyksos were driven out and a new dynasty was established, which knew nothing of Joseph and his people.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Taskmaster'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/t/taskmaster.html. 1915.