By Nancy M. Tischler
The Bible is the critical textual content of Western civilization, and an realizing of it's important to the learn of global historical past and tradition. moreover, increasingly more highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. enormous in scope and written in particular for top institution scholars and basic readers, this encyclopedia surveys the cloth tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical global via greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, behavior, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. integrated are such entries as:
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22:16; and so forth) Angels are God-created beings that exist somewhere between God and humans. The word angel means “messenger,” but Biblical angels also acted as rescuers, guardians, guides, admonishers, encouragers, interpreters of visions, warriors, destroyers, and worshipers. References all through the Old and New Testaments indicate that these emissaries of God have appeared at frequent intervals in human history, most prominently in biblical visions. Psalm 8 indicates that they, like humans, are creatures; that is, they were created by God, but they are of a higher order than humans.
Com (accessed December 20, 2004). Segal, Alan F. Life after Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion. New York: Doubleday, 2004. Agriculture Tools used by the farmers in ancient Israel: a “broom rake,” which could also serve as a winnowing fork for tossing the grain and separating the wheat from the chaff; a “comb rake,” which could serve as a harrow, used to break up clods of earth after plowing; and a shovel with a sharp point. 8 References to agriculture occur in almost every book of Scripture.
In fact, although Amoritish names such as Adonizedek (Josh. 10:3) appear in Scripture, the actual people and their relationship to the Hebrews remain cloudy. It may well be that the various groups among the Canaanites were clustered together under the single name of “Amorite” for convenience. See also Babylon, Babylonia; Canaan, Canaanite; Law; Witchcraft, Witches; Writing and Reading. Further Reading Greene, Joseph A. “Amorites,” in The Oxford Companion to the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World by Nancy M. Tischler