recorder Summary and Overview
recorder in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Heb. mazkir, i.e., "the mentioner," "rememberancer"), the office first held by Jehoshaphat in the court of David (2 Sam. 8:16), also in the court of Solomon (1 Kings 4:3). The next recorder mentioned is Joah, in the reign of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:18, 37; Isa. 36:3, 22). In the reign of Josiah another of the name of Joah filled this office (2 Chr. 34:8). The "recorder" was the chancellor or vizier of the kingdom. He brought all weighty matters under the notice of the king, "such as complaints, petitions, and wishes of subjects or foreigners. He also drew up papers for the king's guidance, and prepared drafts of the royal will for the scribes. All treaties came under his oversight; and he had the care of the national archives or records, to which, as royal historiographer, like the same state officer in Assyria and Egypt, he added the current annals of the kingdom."
recorder in Smith's Bible Dictionary
an officer of high rank in the Jewish state, exercising the functions, not simply of an annalist, but of chancellor or president of the privy council. In David's court the recorder appeal's among the high officers of his household. #2Sa 8:16; 20:24; 1Ch 18:15| In Solomon's he is coupled with the three secretaries. #1Ki 4:3| comp. 2Kin 18:18,37; 2Chr 34:8
recorder in Schaff's Bible Dictionary
RECORD'ER , the annalist of the king, and also his councillor, and an officer who stood thus very high in the kingdom, as is manifest from the commissions entrusted to him, such as representing the king and superintending temple-repairs. Compare 2 Sam 8:16; 2 Sam 20:24; 1 Kgs 4:3; 2 Kgs 18:18, 2 Kgs 18:37; 2 Chr 34:8.
recorder in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(mazkir). Historiographer, whose charge was over the public registers, to see that fit persons put on record for future remembrance the annals of the kingdom. A high office; the chancellor, not merely national annalist (as Vulgate and Septuagint); he kept a record of whatever took place around the king, informed him of what occurred in the kingdom, and presided over the privy council (2 Samuel 8:16; 2 Samuel 20:24; 1 Chronicles 18:15, margin "at the hand of the king"; 1 Kings 4:3; 2 Kings 18:18; 2 Kings 18:37; 2 Chronicles 34:8).