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Treasurer

TREASURER

('atsar, gedhabhar, gizbar, cakhan; oikonomos):

(1) 'Atsar, meaning primarily "to store up," and hence, one who lays up in store, i.e. a "treasurer":

"I made treasurers over the treasuries" (Nehemiah 13:13).

(2) Gedhabhar (Aramaic), used only in Daniel 3:2,3:

"treasurers," named with judges and counselors as recognized officials.

(3) Gizbar, used in Ezra 7:21 (Aramaic) and equivalent in Ezra 1:8 (Hebrew):

"treasurers beyond the river" and "Mithredath the treasurer."

(4) Cakhan, primarily meaning "one who ministers to," and hence, a keeper of treasure, treasurer:

"Get thee unto this treasurer" (Isaiah 22:15). Perhaps the idea of steward is here intended.

(5) Oikonomos, by the King James Version translated "chamberlain," more properly in the American Standard Revised Version translated "treasurer":

"Erastus the treasurer of the city saluteth you" (Romans 16:23).

William Edward Raffety


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'TREASURER'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.