BIZTHA


BIZTHA
BIZTHA (Heb. בִּזְּתָא; Gr. Βαζάν, Μαζάν, Βαζεά), one of the seven eunuchs of ahasuerus (Esth. 1:10). On the seventh and last day of his feast for the peoples of Susa, when King Ahasuerus was in high spirits from drinking, he sent his seven attendant eunuchs to summon Queen Vashti so that he might display her beauty before the assembled company. The name Biztha is apparently Persian but no agreement has been reached on its meaning (suggestions include: besteh, "bound"; biz-da, "double gift"; Mazdā (dā)na, "gift of Mazda"). -BIBLIOGRAPHY: L.B. Paton, The Book of Esther (ICC, 1908), 67; Gehman, in: JBL, 43 (1924), 323; Duchesne-Guillemin, in: Le Muséon, 66 (1953), 107. (Bezalel Porten)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • Biztha — /biz theuh/, n. one of the seven eunuchs who served in the court of King Ahasuerus. Esther 1:10. * * * …   Universalium

  • Biztha — /biz theuh/, n. one of the seven eunuchs who served in the court of King Ahasuerus. Esther 1:10 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bazatha — /baz euh theuh/, n. Douay Bible. Biztha. * * * …   Universalium

  • Esther 1 — 1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) 2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom,… …   The King James version of the Bible

  • Bazatha — /baz euh theuh/, n. Douay Bible. Biztha …   Useful english dictionary


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