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  • Abba (A-Z entry)

    The word for “my father” or “the father.” This Aramaic word appears three times in the New Testament, followed by a translation into Greek: ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Abraham's Bosom (A-Z entry)

    This expression occurs in the parable of the Rich Man ( Dives ) and Lazarus ( Luke 16.19–31 ); after his death, Lazarus is ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Abyss (A-Z entry)

    The abyss, or bottomless depth, appears in biblical tradition in several related senses. In the Hebrew Bible, tĕhôm (NRSV: “the deep”) usually refers to ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Acrostic (A-Z entry)

    An acrostic is a poem in which the initial letters of each successive line form a word, phrase, or pattern. Acrostics are found in ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Africa (A-Z entry)

    Names and Words for Africa. Africa appears throughout the Bible from Genesis 2.11–13 , where the sources of the Nile River are located in ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • ʿAkedah (A-Z entry)

    (Heb “binding”) the story of the binding of Isaac (Gen. ch 22).

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • Alien (A-Z entry)

    Also translated “sojourner,” “resident alien,” and “stranger,” an alien (Hebr. gēr ) is technically a person in a community who is not part of ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • allegorical (A-Z entry)

    a method of reading a work as an allegory; explaining or interpreting elements of a story as if they stood for something else. ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • Alms (A-Z entry)

    There is no word for “alms” or “almsgiving” in the Hebrew Bible, and there are almost no specific references to the practice of giving ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Alpha and Omega (A-Z entry)

    The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, spoken in the book of Revelation to John as the self‐disclosure of God ( Rev. ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Amen (A-Z entry)

    A Hebrew word meaning “certainly” or “may it be so.” In the Hebrew Bible amen appears as a response to someone else's statement. Sometimes ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Amos, The Book of (A-Z entry)

    The early prophets of Israel— Samuel , Elijah , Elisha , and many others—are known from stories included in the historical books of Samuel ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • anachronism (A-Z entry)

    (ah‐nah′‐krow‐nizm) an element in a story that is out of place because it did not exist at the time of the story. Anachronisms ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • anadiplosis (A-Z entry)

    (a‐na‐di‐plo′‐sis) the “doubling,” or repetition, of a word or phrase. The author of Isa 40–55 often used this figure; for instance, “Awake, awake, ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • analogy (A-Z entry)

    Analogies, much employed in the Bible, are a means of reasoning by the use of parallel cases, and ‘analogy’ is therefore an umbrella term ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • anaphora (A-Z entry)

    (ah‐nah′‐for‐ah) the repetition of a word or phrase in successive lines or sentences. “As the eyes of servants look to the hand of ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • Anathema (A-Z entry)

    A Greek word corresponding to Hebr. ḥērem ( See Ban ) and designating an object dedicated or devoted to a deity either for consecration ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • apocalyptic (A-Z entry)

    A modern term which summarizes the OT hope of a future salvation at the end of the current experience of national humiliation and suffering. ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Apocalyptic Literature (A-Z entry)

    The words “apocalyptic” and “apocalypse” (from a Greek root meaning “to uncover,” “to reveal”) are terms that came to be used from the second ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • Apostle (A-Z entry)

    The Greek word apostolos (“someone who has been sent”) is seldom used in classical Greek, but it occurs eighty times in the New Testament, ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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