By Nancy M. Tischler
The Bible is the principal textual content of Western civilization, and an figuring out of it is necessary to the learn of global heritage and tradition. furthermore, progressively more highschool and faculty scholars are learning the Bible as literature. enormous in scope and written specially for top university scholars and basic readers, this encyclopedia surveys the cloth tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical international. integrated are greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, conduct, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. each one access offers definitions; scriptural references; etymological, ancient, and archaeolgical details; and, whilst attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to trendy readers. Entries comprise cross-references and cite works for additional analyzing, and the encyclopedia is generously illustrated.
The Bible is the vital textual content of Western civilization, and an knowing of it's important to the examine of worldwide background and tradition. furthermore, an increasing number of highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. huge in scope and written specially for prime college scholars and basic readers, this encyclopedia surveys the fabric tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical international via greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, conduct, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible.
Each access offers definitions; scriptural references; etymological, old, and archaeological info; and, whilst attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to fashionable readers. The encyclopedia covers the peoples who have been part of biblical lifestyles: the Essenes and Pharisees, the scribes and clergymen, the pals and enemies, and the nice powers that enslaved them. additionally, it explains the various significant occasions in Israel's heritage, the approved suggestion of cosmology and climate, and the typical realizing of many information from the construction to Armageddon.
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The New Testament speciﬁcally prohibits the worship of angels (Rev. 19:10, 22:9). In fact, demons may sometimes masquerade as angels (2 Cor. 11:14–15). Angels in Art and Culture In both Hebrew and Christian art, angels were among the ﬁrst religious images allowed. As noted, the cherubim were carved on either side of the throne of God, signifying that God had spoken to Moses from between two cherubim. They were also embroidered on the tapestries of both the Tabernacle and the Temple. Some portrayals of these creatures were like Egyptian and Assyrian art: huge eagle-winged, human faced, bull-lion hybrids.
And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou has polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered theron” (Exod. 20:24–26). Physically, an altar was a ﬂat or concave space on which the animals might be placed for the slaughter. Altars often had troughs to carry off the blood. The priest burned the sacriﬁcial offering of grain or ﬂesh, or poured the libations of wine and blood Altar with “horns” made of stone.
The theological debate that underlies this difference was a signiﬁcant factor in the Reformation, with Luther admitting the “real presence” but repudiating transubstantiation, and Calvin insisting instead on the “virtual presence” of the blood and ﬂesh and repudiating Luther’s concept of consubstantiation (Dominic Manganiello 1992, 775–7). See also Incense; Last Supper; Sacriﬁce; Temple. Further Reading Hammond, Philip C. “Altars,” 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