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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Rab´-shakeh (chief-cup-bearer). Notwithstanding its seemingly official significance, it appears to have been used as a proper name, as Butler with us; for the person who bore it was a military chief in high command, under Sennacherib king of Assyria. Yet it is not impossible, according to Oriental usages, that a royal cup-bearer should hold a military command; and the office itself was one of high distinction. He is the last named of three Assyrian generals who appeared before Jerusalem; and was the utterer of the insulting speeches addressed to the besieged. ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; .





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Rab-Shakeh'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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