Bible Dictionary

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This dictionary is constantly being updated. If you find a word that you think should be added to the list of words, please feel free leave a comment with the word, book, chapter, and verse where the word is found.

Adder – a venomous snake that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of Western Europe and as far as East Asia.

Arioch – one of two persons mentioned in the Bible. The first was Arioch, king of Ellasar. The second was Arioch, the king’s captain in the book of Daniel.

Ass / Colt / Donkey / Foal – a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years.

Bless / Blessed / Blessing – pronounce words in a religious rite, to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on.

Covenant – an agreement, especially by lease, deed, or other legal contract.

Cubit – an ancient measure of length, approximately equal to the length of a forearm. It was typically about 18 inches or 44 cm (1.5ft.), though there was a long cubit of about 21 inches or 52 cm.

Curse / Curses – a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.

Eagle – a large bird of prey with a massive hooked bill and long broad wings, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight.

Emerodsan archaic term for hemorrhoids. Derived from the Old French word emoroyde, it was used as the common English term until the nineteenth century, after which it was replaced in medicine by a direct transliteration of the original Greek term haimorrhoides.

Eunuch – a man who has been castrated, especially (in the past) one employed to guard the women’s living areas at an oriental court.

Firmament – the heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.

Furlongs – an eighth of a mile, 220 yards.

Haughty – arrogantly superior and disdainful.

Horse – a solid-hoofed plant-eating domesticated mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.

Idol – an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.

Idolatry – worship of idols; extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.

Kindred – one’s family and relations, similar in kind; related.

Lion – is a species in the family Felidae and a member of the genus Panthera. It has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1996, as populations in African range countries declined by about 43% since the early 1990s.

Olive – known by the botanical name Olea europaea, meaning “European olive”, is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found in the Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China, as well as the Canary Islands and Réunion.

Pottage – soup or stew.

Redeem / Redeemed – pay the necessary money to clear (a debt); gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment; save (someone) from sin, error, or evil; do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.

Redeemer – a person who redeems someone or something.

Sabbath – a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.

Sackcloth – a very coarse, rough fabric woven from flax or hemp.

Shekel – a silver coin and unit of weight used in ancient Israel and the Middle East.

Span – the width from the end of the thumb to that of the little finger, when these are extended, which for an adult is about nine inches.

TalentSome authorities say that the talent typically weighed about 33 kg (75 lb) varying from 20 to 40 kg.

Wizard – Traditionally wizards studied texts that taught them how to cast spells, make amulets, and draw sigils in order to achieve a desired result that would not occur natural.

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