A Son
Any male child in relation to his parents.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Son In the RSV the most common terms translated “son” include Heb. bēn, yeleḏ; Aram bar; and Gk. huiós and téknon. In the majority of instances, the OT follows the common denotation of a male begotten by a father or set of parents. But “son” is also employed in a broader sense to signify a range
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
son. The Hebrew word for “son,” ben (Aramaic bar; Gk. huios), enjoyed a rich semantic range, although it is used most often in the Bible with reference to actual physical lineage. An adopted son was also referred to by this word. In polite address persons with no actual kinship to the speaker were afforded
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SON. There are more than 3, 700 occurrences of son in the OT (Heb. ben) and more than 350 in the NT (Gr. huios).1. The natural use is, of course, very numerous. The first occurrence is in Gen 4:17, used of Enoch, son of Cain. A son-in-law was regarded as a son, e.g., David to Saul (1 Sam 24:16). See
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
SonA male descendant (Heb. bēn; Gk. huiós), including one beyond the first generation (e.g., Gen. 31:28; Exod. 12:24). The term is also a generic name for children, sometimes used to categorize groups: an entire nation, male and female (“sons of Israel,” Gen. 32:32 [MT 33]); a geographical designation
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Son (Heb. bēn; Aram. bar; Gk. huiós).† In the basic sense, a male child of a particular parent. In biblical usage the term could also represent a male descendant beyond the first generation (e.g., Gen. 31:28; Exod. 12:24; Luke 20:41; cf. Exod. 20:5; RSV, KJV “children”). A whole nation
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Son. The term “son” is used in Scripture language to imply almost any kind of descent or succession, as ben shânâh, “son of a year,” i.e., a year old; ben kesheth, “son of a bow,” i.e., an arrow. The word bar is often found in the New Testament in composition, as Bar-timæus.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
SON (Heb. bēn; Gk. huios; the child, bar, “son,” occurs in the OT and appears in the NT in such words as Barnabas). “Son” is used in a great variety of meanings in both the OT and the NT: (1) the immediate offspring; (2) grandson, as Laban is called “son of Nahor” (Gen. 29:5), though he was his grandson
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Sonson, a male offspring. The Hebrew word ben (Aramaic bar, Gk. auios) enjoyed a rich semantic range, although it is used most often in the Bible with reference to actual physical lineage. In the plural it frequently combines with the word Israel to designate a specific group of people, male and female
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SON — the male offspring of a husband and wife. The birth of a son brought great joy to the Hebrew family, because a family’s heritage and inheritance was preserved through its sons. The word “son” is also used in a figurative sense in the Bible. Occasionally it refers to remote relatives and dwellers
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
SonIn the Bible a son is a male begotten by a father. In a broader sense sonship denotes a range of familial, hereditary, social and theological relationships. Biblical references to sons need to be understood in context of the extreme value that ancient cultures placed on sons.Perpetuating Life. In
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SON; SONS<sun>, <sunz>:1. In Biblical language the word “son” is used first of all in its strictly literal sense of male issue or offspring of a man or woman. In a few cases in the Old Testament, as in Gen 3:16; Josh 17:2; Jer 20:15, the Hebrew word ben, is translated correctly in the English
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Son. In Scripture the term “son” is very often extended to more distant relations than the one originally and strictly indicated by it, such as grandchildren (2 Sam. 19:24), offspring generally, even to remote generations, and heirs of a particular person or family, though not in the direct line of descent.
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