Treasurer (technically Heb. and Chald. גַּזבָּר, gizbar, Ezr 1:8; Ezr 7:21; Chald. also גַּדבָּר, gidbar, Da 3; Da 2; Da 3; improp. סֹכֵן, soken, Isa 22:15, an associate, i.e. the king's intimate friend), an important officer in all Oriental courts. SEE KING. In Da 3:2-3, the Chald. אֲדִרגָּזֵר,adargazer (Sept. τύραννος, A.V. "judge"), occurs among the titles of Babylonian royal officers, and has (perhaps from the resemblance of the word to the Greek γάζα) been thought by some to mean the officers of the Turkish court and government, now called defenders, who have the charge of the receipts and disbursements of the public treasury. Gesenius and others conceive that the word means chief judges (from אדר, magnificent, and גזרין, deciders); but Dr. Lee seems to prefer seeking its meaning in the Persian adar, fire, and gazar, passing; arid hence concludes that the adargazerin were probably officers of state who presided over the ordeals by fire, and other matters connected with the government of Babylon. SEE JUDGE.

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