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Origin of the name BELTESHAZZAR.
Etymology of the name BELTESHAZZAR.
Meaning of the baby name BELTESHAZZAR.


BELTESHAZZAR (בֵּלְטְשַׁאצַּר).  Biblical (Dan. x. 1).  Babylonian name, possibly meaning "Bel is the keeper of secrets."  See Rawlinson's note below.  Yonge gives the meaning "Bel's prince." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  See Balthasar and Beltshazzar.

Belteshazzar, the name given by the prince of the eunuchs to Daniel, would have appeared, from the obvious analogy of Belshazzar, to be a contracted form of Bilta-sar-uzur, and therefore to signify "Beltis protects the king."  But it is an objection to this that Nebuchadnezzar connects the name with that of "his god," who must (it would seem) be Bel, and not Beltis.  If then we are obliged to seek another derivation, we may perhaps find it in Bel, the god, tisha (Heb. טִישָׁא), "a secret," and uzur, from nazar, "to guard, protect."  Belteshazzar would then mean "Bel is the keeper of secrets," an appropriate sense, since "secrets" were what Daniel was considered especially to know. (The Five Great Monarches of the Ancient Eastern World, Rawlinson, 1880)


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