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CHAMBERLAIN

cham'-ber-lin: In the Old Testament the word rendered chamberlain, caric, is more properly "eunuch," an officer which oriental monarchs placed over their harems (Est 1:10,12,15; 2:3,14,21; 4:4 f; 6:2,14; 7:9; 2 Ki 23:11). This officer seems also to have had other duties. See under EUNUCH. In the New Testament (1) oikonomos, literally manager of the household, apparently the "treasurer" as in the Revised Version (British and American) "Erastus the treasurer of the city saluteth you" (Rom 16:23). Compare adapted use as applied to Christian apostles and teachers, bishops, and even to individual members; in which cases, rendered "stewards" (1 Cor 4:1; Tit 1:7; 1 Pet 4:10). (2) In Acts 12:20, "Blastus the king's chamberlain" (ho epi toa koitonos tou basileos, "he who is over the king's bed-chamber"), not treasure-chamber, as above; here praefectus cubiculo, or chief valet de chambre to the royal person, a position involving much honor and intimacy.
Edward Bagby Pollard
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'CHAMBERLAIN'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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