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    Tartan in Easton's Bible Dictionary an Assyrian word, meaning "the commander-in-chief." (1.) One of Sennacherib's messengers to Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:17). (2.) One of Sargon's generals (Isa. 20:1).

    Tartan in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Next to the Assyrian king in apparent rank. The commander-in- chief, who commanded his armies in his absence (Isaiah 20:1). One sent against Ashdod by Sargon, distinct from Sennacherib's tartan (2 Kings 18:17). After the tartan came the rubsaris, "chief eunuch," who had right of near approach to the king's person, and introduced strangers and attended to his comforts; then the rabshakeh, "chief cupbearer," representing his master in embassies.

    Tartan in Hitchcock's Bible Names a general (official title)

    Tartan in Naves Topical Bible -An Assyrian general 2Ki 18:17; Isa 20:1

    Tartan in Smiths Bible Dictionary which occurs only in 2Ki 18:17 and Isai 20:1 has been generally regarded as a proper name; like Rabsaris and Rabshakeh, it is more probably an official designation, and indicates the Assyrian commander-in-chief.

    Tartan in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE tar'-tan (tartan): For a long time the word was interpreted as a proper name, but the Assyrian inscriptions have shown it to be the title of a high official. From the eponym lists it would seem that it was the title of the highest official next to the king, which in a military empire like Assyria would be the "commander-in-chief." The Assyrian form of the name is tartanu or turtanu. In both Old Testament passages the reference is to a military officer. In Isa 20:1 it is used of the officer sent by Sargon, king of Assyria, against Ashdod; according to 2 Ki 18:17, Sennacherib sent Tartan and RAB-SARIS (which see) and RABSHAKEH (which see) with a great host against Jerusalem. The names of the-two officials are not known. F. C. Eiselen

    Tartan Scripture - 2 Kings 18:17 And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which [is] in the highway of the fuller's field.

    Tartan Scripture - Isaiah 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;