Belteshazzar (Bel´ti-shaz´uhr)

The Babylonian name given to Daniel at the royal court (Dan 1:7). The underlying form was probably Neo-Babylonian balatshu-utzur, “protect his life,” which in turn was probably abbreviated from Bel- (or Marduk-) balatshu-utzur—an invocation of a Babylonian god for protection.

Dan 1:7

7The palace master gave them other names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.

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