As part of this campaign, Ashpenaz
, the chief officer of Nebuchadnezzar, was ordered to bring some Israelites of royal descent and of the nobility, youths without blemish to Babylon to be educated in the ways of the Chaldeans (Dan.
First (1:7), he tells how the empire took their names; then (1:4, 17), he tells us that Ashpenaz
was to teach them to read and write in the Babylonian language.
"One day the king ordered Ashpenaz
, his highest palace official, to choose some young men from the royal family of Judah and from other leading Jewish families.
King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Ashpenaz
to kidnap some Israelites of royal descent and of the nobility (Dan.