A Clan
Any broad family group or kinship unit.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Clan [Heb. ʾallûp] (Gen. 36:30; Zec. 9:7; 12:5f); AV DUKE, GOVERNOR; [ʾelep] (Nu. 1:16; Josh. 22:14; Jgs. 6:15; Isa. 60:22; Mic. 5:2); AV THOUSAND, FAMILY; NEB also TEN THOUSAND; [pelaggâ] (Jgs. 5:15f); AV DIVISION; NEB FACTION; [mišpāḥâ] (Jgs. 9:1); AV FAMILY; [ḥûṣ-‘outside’] (“outside his
Compton’s Encyclopedia
clanThe badge of the Scottish clan of MacLean. The clan tartan fills the background of the badge.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.The nuclear family—consisting of parents and children—is the basic social unit in many countries. In some societies the extended family—grandparents, parents, children,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CLAN Term used to distinguish a kin group more extensive than a family. The boundaries of such a group are not always clearly delineated. Each clan was governed by the heads of the families (elders). Several clans formed a tribe, and 12 tribes formed Israel. The clan is sometimes referred to as “division,”
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
ClanHebrew expression: ʾelepPronunciation: ´eh LEFStrong’s Number: 504Key VersesJudges 6:15; Numbers 1:16; 31:5; Joshua 22:14; Micah 5:2Today not many people value the family as much as people in ancient times did. For ancient Israelites, the family was central. It gave a person his or her identity,
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
clan. This English term is used frequently by the NIV and other versions to render Hebrew mišpāḥâ H5476, a unit of kinship larger than a family but smaller than a tribe (e.g., Gen. 10:5; 24:38; Num. 1:2; Josh. 7:14; et al.); less often it renders ʾelep H548 (Jdg. 6:15 et al.). Unfortunately, the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CLAN [מִשְׁפָּחָהmishpakhah]. This Hebrew term occurs just over 300 times in the OT, translated “clan(s)” in approximately 170 instances, and “FAMILY” in most of those remaining. The latter overlaps with the translation of another Hebrew phrase for “ancestral houses” or “families” (beth ʾavoth בֵּית