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Baltasar

BALTASAR băl tăz’ ər (Βαλτασάρ; KJV BALTHASAR). 1. The Gr. form of Belteshazzar and of Belshazzar (Dan 1:7; 2:26; 4:8ff.; 5:1ff.; 7:1; 8:1; Baruch 1:11).

2. In late tradition the name of one of the Magi.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(Baltasar; the King James Version Balthasar):

(1) The Greek of Hebrew, belTesha’tstsar, or belTe’shatstsar, perhaps corresponding to BalaT-sar-ucur, "protect the life of the king," the Babylonian cognomen of Daniel. Compare Belteshazzar (Da 1:7; 2:26; 4:8 ff, et al.).

(2) Baltasar is also the Greek of the Hebrew belsha’tstsar, or bel’shatstsar, the name of the last king of Babylon (corresponding to the Babylonian Bel-sar-ucur; Schrader, Die Keilinschriften und das Alte Testament, III, 396; Syriac Blitshazzar; Vulgate (Jerome’s Latin Bible, 390-405 A. D.) Baltassar). Compare Baruch 1 11 and Belshazzar (Da 5:1 ff; 7:1; 8:1).

(3) The name of one of the Magi who according to the legend visited Jesus at Bethlehem: Melchior from Nubia, Balthasar from Godolia, Caspar from Tharsis.