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Rab-saris

(răbsā`rĭs), in the Bible, title of a high official at the Assyrian and Babylonian court, used of the times of Sennacherib and of Nebuchadnezzar.
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One is therefore bound to ask two questions: (1) Why was the Rabshakeh, an Assyrian court official and not a general, chosen to act as the spokesman of a military delegation headed by the Tartan and the Rabsaris, who outranked him?
Now the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh from Lachish with a large force to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem.
Whereas two medieval Jewish Bible commentators, Rashi and Kimhi (Radak), maintain that there were two missions (the Rabshakeh alone came the first time, and the Tartan and the Rabsaris the second time) it is also possible that the Rabshakeh headed the delegation bearing Sennacherib's final message to Hezekiah (II Kgs.