By Nancy M. Tischler
The Bible is the crucial textual content of Western civilization, and an knowing of it can be crucial to the learn of global background and tradition. additionally, progressively more highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. huge in scope and written particularly for top institution scholars and common 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, behavior, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. incorporated are such entries as:
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7:14; 1 Kings 21:26; 2 Kings 21:11; Amos 2:9, and so forth) At times, the whole “aboriginal population of Canaan is also called ‘Amorite’ (Gen. 15:13–16),” making it difficult to determine the specific peoples designated by the term (Joseph A. Greene 1993, 24). The Hebrews traced the Amorites’ lineage back to Canaan, a descendant of Ham, the cursed son of Noah, doomed for his iniquities to perpetual servitude (Gen. 9:25, 10:16; 1 Chron. 1:14). , there were “barbarian” invasions throughout the Near East, especially in Northern Syria and Mesopotamia.
On some occasions, they looked like men, recognized only by special people chosen by God to receive specific messages—sometimes to encourage, sometimes to warn. Abram did not immediately recognize his angelic visitors as supernatural (Gen. 18). Lot served as host to these same visitors and thereby saved himself and part of his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19). The angels then slaughtered the townspeople who had failed to recognize them or treat them with the proper hospitality due guests.
Raphael, for example, is “one of seven angels who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord” (Rev. ” In the period of the Exile and thereafter, the Jews were influenced by foreign religions, leading them to elaborate a system of angelology—or the study of angels. Much of this fresh speculation on angels relied on an extra-biblical book that was never considered a part of inspired Scripture—Enoch. In it, Enoch described his trip to Heaven and the angelic hosts he saw there. In Enoch 20, the writer listed the archangels: Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Sariel, Gabriel, and Remiel—or Jeremiel.
All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World by Nancy M. Tischler