🔼The name Haahashtari: Summary
- (In Charge Of The) Royal Equids
- From a Persian phrase describing royal horses or mules.
🔼The name Haahashtari in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Haahashtari
This name is a mystery. Most scholars assume it's a transliteration from some Persian word or phrase; note that the first part of the name אחשתרי (Haahashtari) is identical to the first part of אחשורוש (Ahasuerus), the famous Persian king of the book of Esther.
Other, similar, Persian words that made it into the Bible are אחשדרפנים (ahashdarpenim), a plural word meaning satraps, or literally protectors of the realm (Esther 8:9, Ezra 8:36), אחשתרן (ahashteran), an adjective meaning royal.
This word occurs in Esther 8:10 and 8:14 as something that you can ride on, so Jay P. Green's Literal Translation reads 'mules,' the New American Standard reads 'steeds,' and the New International Version has 'horses.' (Esther 8:10 and 8:14).
For the meaning of the name Haahashtari, BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Belonging To The Realm, Royal. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names goes with the mule, and reads Muleteer. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Runner.