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What given name means "servant of Marduk" in Aramaic?




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Answer: Mordecai

The name Mordecai probably means "servant of Marduk" in Aramaic (as Marduk was the Babylonian war-god, a servant of Marduk is perhaps a soldier).

However, one thing is certain: Mordecai is the first person to be explicitely referred to as a Jew in the Hebrew Bible. Esther 3:4 Now it came to pass, when they spoke daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's words would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew.

For an interesting discussion of the meaning of the name Mordecai, please check out its entry in the Wikipedia.


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