Skip to main content



RAB-SHAKEH (Heb. רַבְשָׁקֵה; Akk. rab šāqî), title of a high Assyrian and Babylonian official. Akkadian texts indicate that he was in charge of territories. In the Assyrian eponym succession, this official was fourth in line from the king. In Middle Assyrian texts the šāqû ("butler") is mentioned as a member of the domestic staff of the palace. The rab-šāqî was thus originally "chief butler." The development calls to mind the English "chamberlain." At the siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib the Rab-Shakeh addresses the leaders and the people in an effort to secure their surrender (ii Kings 18:19; Isa. 36–37).


L. Waterman, Royal Correspondence of the Assyrian Empire (1930), pt. 1, 353, r. 9; E. Weidner, in: afo, 17 (1954–56), 290; R. Labat, in: Fischer Weltgeschichte, 5 (1970), 36.

[S. David Sperling]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Rab-Shakeh." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . 18 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Rab-Shakeh." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . (April 18, 2019).

"Rab-Shakeh." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . Retrieved April 18, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.