[b-hebrew] Meaning of Ahasuerus and Xerxes

Sesamo m. sesamox at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 15 09:46:14 EST 2003

Origin and meaning of the name Aharuerus, according to Strong's Hebrew 

'Achashverowsh, akh-ash-vay-rosh' or (shortened) pAchashrosh {akh- 
ash-rosh'} (Esth. 10:1); of Persian origin; Achashverosh (i.e. Ahasuerus or 
Artaxerxes, but in this case Xerxes), the title (rather than name) of a 
Persian king:--Ahasuerus.

Two questions related to this:
1. Is there any extra-biblical evidence of this title applied to Persian 
2. What is the meaning of the name Xerxes?


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