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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A portion of people left after a disaster, especially a disaster identified with divine judgment. Especially in the Prophets, this term describes those who remain faithful to God despite suffering and who ultimately experience restoration.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
REMNANT. What is left of a community after it undergoes a catastrophe. The major Heb terms are derivatives of šʾr, ytr, plṭ, and śrd; the major Gk terms, leimma, hypoleimma, loipos, and kataloipos.A. Hebrew BibleThe concept is used most often with reference to Israel/Judah, although sometimes also
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Remnant. Group of people who survive a catastrophe brought about by God, ordinarily in judgment for sin. This group becomes the nucleus for the continuation of mankind or the people of God; the future existence of the larger group focuses in this purified, holy remnant that has undergone and survived
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Remnant An important concept in biblical theology; applied to three types of groups. The first is simply a historical remnant made up of survivors of a catastrophe. The second consists of the faithful remnant, distinguished from the former group by their genuine spirituality and true faith relationship
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
REMNANT Group of people who survive a catastrophe brought about by God, ordinarily in judgment for sin. This group becomes the nucleus for the continuation of mankind or the people of God; the future existence of the larger group depends on this purified, holy remnant that has undergone and survived
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
remnant, the portion left over after a part has been removed. “Remnant” may refer to vegetation (Exod. 10:5) or human and animal life (Gen. 7:23), but in the Bible it often refers to that portion of a community that has escaped death or exile (Jer. 24:8; Ezra 9:13–15).The concept of “remnant” is used
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
REMNANT. In the OT four Heb. roots (yāthar, pālaṭ, śārad, shā˒ar) express the concept of a remnant. With their derivatives they occur more than 600 times. The NT word for remnant (leimma) with its derivatives occurs less than ten times. In both Testaments the idea of the remnant is “those being
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
RemnantThat part of a nation, tribe, clan, or family which survives a divine catastrophe, whether natural (flood, famine, pestilence) or not (war, exile). This group forms the nucleus for the possible future rebuilding of the community. The remnant, therefore, functions within the theological framework
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Remnant (Heb. nouns še˒ār, še˒ērîṯ, yeṯer, pelēṭâ śārîḏ and related verbs; Gk. leímma, hypóleimma, loipós).† What remains of a group of people after most of that group has been destroyed or lost through dispersal. The term has particular theological significance with regard to the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
REMNANT A biblical term for “those who are left” of a people or nation. Normally, this is either a faithful minority who refuses to join the apostasy of a majority, or it is the fortunate few who survive a catastrophe that overtakes the majority. Sometimes the remnant is both faithful and fortunate:
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
REMNANT — the part of a community or nation that remains after a dreadful judgment or devastating calamity, especially those who have escaped and remain to form the nucleus of a new community (Is. 10:20–23). The survival of a righteous remnant rests solely on God’s providential care for His Chosen People