The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, revised and updated edition, is the most complete, up-to-date, and accessible guide for the study of the Bible available today. With more than 4,000 lively, informative, and reader-friendly entries, this essential reference book provides all the information you need to understand the Bible.
Whether you are a pastor, layperson, or a student of scripture, you will find every important name, place, and subject that makes Bible study come to life. From Aaron to Zurishaddai, here are all the people, events, and ideas of biblical times.
This third edition continues in the rich tradition of its predecessors but has been thoroughly updated and revised by a new editorial team under the direction of the premier international scholarly body, the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). More than half the articles in this book are new, and several dozen charts and tables have also been added as well as updates on recent archaeological discoveries.
Over 200 contributors to the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, from a diverse group of authorities, represent an ecumenical and non-biased viewpoint of scripture from different positions—Roman Catholic, Jewish, mainline Protestant, and evangelical. Filled with explanations of biblical beliefs, language, and insights into the culture and customs of the people who lived in biblical times, this resource will help anyone interested in scripture to more fully appreciate the meaning and message of the Bible.
Themes: Genesis posits that the world came into existence by divine word and action. The creation of humans in the image and likeness of God (1:27) and out of the dust of the ground (2:7) accounts for their unique place within God’s world. Genesis also accounts for the origin of the nation of Israel (especially in the accounts of Abraham and Jacob) and grants possession of Canaan to the ancestors of Israel. The core assertion of Genesis is that Israel’s deity was responsible for the acts that brought everything into being: the creation of a world, the creation of all living things including humankind, the flood, which demonstrated the vulnerability of creation, and the creation of a divinely chosen people who would become God’s special nation. Related themes of blessing and covenant follow from creation and express the potential of the created world.
The words “bless” and “blessing” occur eighty-six times in Genesis. Blessing someone is a speech act that designates someone or something as an object of divine favor leading to its prosperity. It is an act of recognition and affirmation and entails the promise of a good future. Genesis mainly works out this notion in narratives with spoken promises and by the use of genealogies. Promises are so frequent in Genesis (12:2–3; 13:14–17; 18:17–19; 22:15–18; 24:7; 26:3b–5; 28:14; 32:13) and are so similar in vocabulary that Westermann posits a promise source, in addition to the JEP sources, that contributed to the book. The primeval story ...5 people highlighted this
The Hebrew word nasah and the Greek word peirazō both carry a broad range of meaning that allows them to be translated as either “temptation” or “testing” in the Bible. In the first instance, the word implies enticement to do evil, while, in the second, the connotation is an event or process that proves one’s character or determines the depth or integrity of one’s commitment to God.5 people highlighted this