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A Seer
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Generally synonymous with the role of the prophet (e.g., 2 Sam 24:11; 1 Chr 21:9; Amos 7:12). However, at times, it is used as a distinct term from that of prophet (2 Kgs 17:13). Seer, by connotation of the Hebrew word affiliated with it being connected to the idea of receiving a vision (חֹזֶה‎, chozeh), may be more connected to the idea of visions than the prophetic word, although this is not necessarily the case in all usages.An additional term used for “seer” does not necessarily evoke the connotation of one who receives a vision but does evoke the idea of seeing (רֹאֶה‎, ro'eh; e.g., Isa 30:10). Nonetheless, even this term is used synonymously with “prophet”; this point is explicitly made in an aside in 1 Sam 9:9: “Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he would say: ‘Come, let us go up to the seer.’ For the prophet of today was formerly called a seer” (compare 1 Sam 9:19). A “Chronicle of the Seers” is also mentioned in 2 Chr 33:19.For further information on prophecy, visions, and dreams in the biblical context, see these articles: Prophecy; Vision; Dream.John D. Barry
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Seer
Seer (רֹאֶה‎, ro'eh; חֹזֶה‎, chozeh). Generally synonymous with the role of the prophet (e.g., 2 Sam 24:11; 1 Chr 21:9; Amos 7:12). However, at times, it is used as a distinct term from that of prophet (2 Kgs 17:13). Seer, by connotation of the Hebrew word affiliated with it being connected to the idea
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Seer
seer (Heb. khozeh or ro’eh), a person who received divine messages in visions or dreams. Visionaries existed in Israel throughout its history and were found particularly in Judah, where they may have been connected with the royal court (2 Sam. 24:11; Amos 7:12; Mic. 3:7; Isa. 29:10; 30:10; 1 Chron. 21:9;
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Seer
SeerOne who experiences and reports or interprets a dream or vision (e.g., 1 Sam. 9:9; Amos 7:12; 2 Chr. 9:29). Such figures (Heb. rēʾeh, ḥōzeh) are frequently associated with ecstatic states (cf. 2 Chr. 29:25, 30). Visionaries may have been associated with the royal court (e.g., 2 Sam. 24:11; 1 Chr.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Seer
Seera name sometimes applied to the prophets because of the visions granted to them. It is first found in 1 Sam. 9:9. It is afterwards applied to Zadok, Gad, etc. (2 Sam. 15:27; 24:11; 1 Chr. 9:22; 25:5; 2 Chr. 9:29; Amos 7:12; Micah 3:7). The “sayings of the seers” (2 Chr. 33:18, 19) is rendered in
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Seer
Seerseer (Heb. ḥozeh, ‘visionary’; ro’eh, ‘seer’), a person who received divine messages in visions or dreams. Visionaries existed in Israel throughout the history of the nation and were found particularly in Judah, where they may have been connected with the royal court (2 Sam. 24:11; Amos 7:12;
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SEER
SEER<se’-er>, <ser>: The word in English Versions of the Bible represents two Hebrew words, [רֹאֶה‎, ro’eh] (1 Samuel 9:9, 11, 18, 19; 2 Samuel 15:27; 1 Chronicles 9:22, etc.), And [חֹזֶה‎, chozeh] (2 Samuel 24:11; 2 Kings 17:13; 1 Chronicles 21:9; 25:5; 29:29, etc.). The former
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Seer
SeerThere are two different Hebrew words that mean “to see.” Both words can be formed into nouns, thus yielding “the seer” or “the seeing one.” The word for “vision” also comes from one of these Hebrew words. Thus the term “seer” implies one who can see things, especially things of God or future things.