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Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2009

Abagtha (MT  ʾĂbagtāʾ; LXX Αβαταζα) is named as one of the seven eunuchs who attend the Persian king, Ahasuerus, and who are commissioned to bring Queen Vashti before him (Esth 1 : 10–11). The etymology of the name is a matter of debate; should the Hebrew spelling be original, the name may be derived from Middle Iranian, gabata (“fortunate one”).…

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