Herald


In the OT מְבַשֵּׂ֥ר and Aram. כָּרוֹז, H10370, are both tr. as “herald.” Isaiah (40:9) spoke of him as “herald of good tidings” (RSV). Both in Genesis (41:43) and in Esther (6:9f.) the activity of a herald is seen as one running before the royal chariot to attract the attention of the people. In Daniel (3:4) the herald is responsible for making known the will of the king. In rabbinic lit. the herald had the added purpose of announcing publicly certain aspects of Jewish law.

More emphasis is given to the herald in the NT setting, often equating him with the evangelist or the preacher. The cognate of כָּרוֹז, H10370, which is κηρύσσω, G3062, is used throughout the NT as the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

her’-ald: The word occurs once (Da 3:4) as the translation of the Aramaic word karoz (compare kerux): "Then the herald cried aloud."

See also GAMES.