KING AND KINGSHIP. The term “king” is used as a title to refer to a male sovereign ruler who exercises authority over a defined territorial area, the state. The position of the king may be purely or partly hereditary or, as in some cases, elective. The king acts as a central symbol for the territory
King, Kingship. The word melek (king) occurs more than 2000 times in the Hebrew OT. It may refer to God (Ps 95:3) or to human rulers. Generally it designates one invested with ultimate authority and power over his subjects. In the OT, the word melek designates the ruler of a tribe (“the kings of Midian,”
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KING The word melek (king) occurs more than 2,000 times in the Hebrew OT. It may refer to God (Ps 95:3) or to human rulers. Generally it designates one invested with ultimate authority and power over his subjects. In the OT, the word melek designates the ruler of a tribe (“the kings of Midian,” Nm 31:8),
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king. In biblical times a king generally held office for life, and monarchies were usually hereditary. In the Bible, the Israelite king is sometimes referred to as a “son of God” (Ps. 2:7; cf. Isa. 9:6–7) and, so, may sometimes be called a “prince” (1 Sam. 9:16; 13:14), since God is the true king. Also,
HAMMELECH. A proper name in the KJV, but the word is better rendered as the ordinary Heb. word for “the king.” Jerahmeel and Malchiah are each designated as “the son of the king” (Jer 36:26; 38:6, RSV), making them royal princes.
KING. The term is used in the Bible for a ruler of the people, either Israelites or Gentiles (Gen 36:31, 14:1; Mt 1:6). It is also used of God as the ruler of His people (1 Sam 12:12). The meaning is “one who counsels (well),” showing that the office arose from the intellectual ability rather than from
KING, KINGSHIP. Heb. meleḵ; Gk. basileus. Both words are of obscure origin; the former, common to all Semitic languages, is possibly connected either with an Arab. root meaning ‘possess’ or an Assyr. and Aram. word meaning ‘counsel’. The latter is probably taken over from an early Aegean language.The
King, KingshipIn the OT, king and kingship (derived from Heb. mlk) signify both an administrative office and a leadership role for governing peoples and territories. The concept implies at least some religious, political, social, and economic centralization, but it is not clear whether full-blown nation-statehood
Hammelech [hămˊə 1ĕk] (Heb. hammeleḵ “the king”).* Translated by the KJV as a personal name at Jer. 36:26; 38:6. “The king’s son” (so RSV, NIV; JB “Prince”) may actually designate any male of the royal household.
King, Kingship (Heb. mālaḵ, māšal, meleḵ; Gk. basileús, basileúō).† A male ruler with supreme authority. Generally the king was sovereign over an independent state, although sometimes an emperor would allow a subordinate vassal to retain that title as an illusion of autonomy. In the ancient
KING מלךI. The concept of kingship is widespread in the ancient Near East. The epithet melek, ‘king’, is also used 41 times for Yhwh in the OT. In addition Yhwh is 13 times subject of the verb mlk, ‘to rule’, ‘to be king’. The abstract nouns derived from the root mlk occur nine times with reference
KING The absolute ruler of a city or state. In the ancient Near East, “sacral kingship” was the norm: the monarch was both a political and a religious leader. In Egypt, for example, the pharaoh was honored as a god, while in Mesopotamia, Assyria in particular, the king was the divine representative.