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  • Aaron (A-Z entry)

    Moses' elder brother (according to Exod 6:20 ; 7:7 ), his close associate in leading the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, and eponymous ancestor ...

    Source: Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible

  • Abigail (A-Z entry)

    Wife of Nabal; she interceded with David to save her husband's life ( 1 Sam. 25: 23–31 ). Nabal was so shocked by the ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Abimelech (A-Z entry)

    Son of Gideon (or Jerubbaal) and a concubine from Shechem . Upon the death of Gideon, Abimelech got himself proclaimed king at Shechem ( ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Achan (A-Z entry)

    Son of Carmi ( 1 Chron. 2: 7 ). After the destruction of Jericho ( Josh. 6: 24 ) some of the booty reserved ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • adoptionism (A-Z entry)

    A theory about the Person of Christ associated with the heretic Nestorius ( d. 451 ce ) that Jesus was a man gifted with ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • aetiology (A-Z entry)

    An aetiological story professes to explain causes. The Pentateuch , especially Genesis, is rich in stories designed to give explanations about the origin of ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • age (A-Z entry)

    Human life was expected to end after seventy years, and anyone living for eighty years must have unusual strength ( Ps. 90: 10 ). ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • ʿAkedah (A-Z entry)

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

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • aliens (A-Z entry)

    Aliens, or strangers sojourning in the land, were supposed to be treated generously ( Exod. 22: 21 ; 23: 9 ). But neighbours across ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Amalekites (A-Z entry)

    A nomadic people, whose ancestor was regarded by the Hebrews as Esau ( Gen. 36: 15–16 ), and who occupied part of the Promised ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • ancestor worship (A-Z entry)

    The real or supposed ancestors of the Hebrews were venerated and were felt to be so close that their descendants even continued to suffer ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • apodictic law (A-Z entry)

    Divine law in the OT expressing absolute prohibitions or injunctions, as in the Ten Commandments (‘You shall not make an idol’, Exod. 20: 4 ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Ark of the Covenant (A-Z entry)

    the chest ( Hebʾaron ) in the Tabernacle or Temple that contained the Pact ( Hebʿedut ) (Exod. 40.20), or the tablets (Deut. ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • Babel (A-Z entry)

    Hebrew for Babylon . According to local tradition the city was founded by the god Marduk; in the OT it is the archetypal place ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Beersheba (Image) This result contains an image

    Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

  • Beersheba (Image) This result contains an image

    Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

  • Beersheba (A-Z entry)

    The most southerly place of Israel, notable for its wells and therefore suitable for pasturing sheep. There are notes in Genesis that the ancestors ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Beersheba (A-Z entry) This result contains an image

    ( Ar., Tell es-Saba῾ ), a small mound about 1 ha (2.5 acres) in area, located in the Beersheba valley, east of the modern ...

    Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

  • Before Israel (Chapters)

    By the time the nation of Israel emerged as a political entity in the late thirteenth century bce , Near Eastern urban civilization had ...

    Source: The Oxford History of the Biblical World

  • The Binding of Isaac. (Image) This result contains an image

    Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible

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