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All Things in the Bible [2 Volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the by Nancy M. Tischler

By Nancy M. Tischler

The Bible is the significant textual content of Western civilization, and an knowing of it's important to the examine of worldwide heritage and tradition. moreover, increasingly more highschool and faculty scholars are learning the Bible as literature. huge in scope and written specifically for prime college scholars and common readers, this encyclopedia surveys the cloth tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical international. integrated are greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, behavior, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. every one access offers definitions; scriptural references; etymological, old, and archaeolgical details; and, whilst attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to fashionable readers. Entries contain cross-references and cite works for extra interpreting, and the encyclopedia is generously illustrated.

The Bible is the relevant textual content of Western civilization, and an realizing of it is crucial to the research of global background and tradition. furthermore, increasingly more highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. enormous in scope and written specially for top institution scholars and basic readers, this encyclopedia surveys the fabric tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical global via greater than 2 hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, conduct, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible.

Each access presents definitions; scriptural references; etymological, old, and archaeological info; and, while attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to fashionable readers. The encyclopedia covers the peoples who have been part of biblical existence: the Essenes and Pharisees, the scribes and monks, the associates and enemies, and the nice powers that enslaved them. additionally, it explains some of the significant occasions in Israel's heritage, the authorised inspiration of cosmology and climate, and the typical realizing of many information from the production to Armageddon.

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It is not clear whether this refers to a single angel or whether it is simply a function assumed by a selected angel for these particular occasions. Examples of this usage would include the sacrifice of Isaac (Gen. 22:11) and the theophanies of Hagar (Gen. 16:7), Jacob (Gen. 31:13), Moses at the burning bush (Exod. 3:2), Gideon (Judg. 6:11), and others. Early Scripture shows angels refusing to provide their names, but in later biblical literature, the angels are named. Michael and Gabriel are both named in Daniel.

The idea was to hand over to God a despised person or thing for complete destruction. According to Leviticus, a person who had been so cursed could not be ransomed. Paul pronounces anathema on those who preach a deviant gospel (Gal. 1:8, 9). Christians were sometimes challenged to “anathema Jesus” or to curse him, as an act of blasphemy. Anathema came to be a synonym for excommunication. Because the person or item had once been consecrated, the anathema is a verdict requiring obliteration. The anathema was a common element in an oath, invoked by the oathtakers on themselves in the event that they failed to perform the promises made in the oath.

In later days, when invaders had polluted the traditional places of worship, offerings might have been made on rooftops. Josiah required that these worship sites be destroyed (2 Kings 23:12), probably because they were frequently associated with local Canaanite deities. The Philistines, for example, apparently made a habit of offering incense on rooftop altars (Philip King and Lawrence Stager 2001, 339). 13 Amen In modern churches, especially Roman Catholic, the altar is seen as “the meeting point between God and mankind, the true centre of all religious buildings” (Dom Robert LeGall 2000, 90).

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