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Aaron’s rod
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The wooden rod used by both Aaron and Moses when they led the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the wilderness. The rod had a role in several miracles: turning into a snake before Pharaoh (Exod 4:4); turning the waters into blood (Exod 7:19–20); and blossoming and producing almonds (Num 17:8). Through the miracle of the blossoms and almonds, Aaron’s rod served to confirm his divine appointment as a high priest (Num 17:5, 10). The writer of Hebrews, possibly following a Jewish tradition, mentions that Aaron’s rod was kept within the ark of the covenant (Heb 9:4; compare 1 Kgs 8:9).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Aaron’s Rod
Aaron’s Rod (מַטֵּ֥ה אַהֲרֹן‎, matteh aharon). The wooden rod used by both Aaron and Moses when they led the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the wilderness. The rod had a role in several miracles: turning into a snake before Pharaoh (Exod 4:4); turning the waters into blood (Exod 7:19–20); and blossoming
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Aaron’s Rod
Aaron’s Rod. Staff belonging to Moses’ brother, Aaron, symbolizing the two brothers’ authority in Israel.When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness a threat against Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership was led by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram (Nm 16:1–40). In spite of the Lord’s destruction of those
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Aaron’s Rod
Aaron’s Rod (Nu. 17; He. 9:4). The rebellion led by Korah against the priestly authority of Aaron made it necessary for Aaron’s supremacy to be stressed. Moses was instructed to take one almond rod for each tribe and one for Aaron, duly inscribed. When placed in the tabernacle, Aaron’s rod was the only
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Aaron’s Rod
AARON’S ROD* Staff belonging to Moses’ brother, Aaron, symbolizing the two brothers’ authority in Israel. When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, a threat against Moses and Aaron’s leadership was led by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram (Nm 16:1–40). In spite of the Lord’s destruction of those
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Aaron’s Rod
AARON’S ROD. The rebellion of Korah and his associates (Nu. 16:1ff.) made it clear that the sacral status of the tribe of Levi, and the priestly status of Aaron and his descendants within that tribe, should be publicly established. Accordingly, the leader of each of the tribes had his name written on
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Aaron’s Rod
Aaron’s Rod. *The Pentateuch refers to Aaron’s “rod” (Heb. maṭṭeh; NIV, JB “staff”) on two occasions. At Exod. 7:9–12 Aaron’s rod, also considered Moses’ property, symbolizes God’s victory over Egyptian magic. Here Aaron’s rod turned into the serpent which swallowed the serpents which the Egyptians
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Aaron's Rod
AARON’S ROD — a rod mentioned on two dramatic occasions in the Old Testament. When Moses and Aaron appeared before Pharaoh, Aaron cast down his rod and it became a serpent. When the magicians of Egypt did the same thing, “Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods” (Ex. 7:12). Later, Aaron struck the waters
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Aaron's Rod
Aaron’s RodAaron’s rod appears almost exclusively in the story of the exodus, where it emerges as a master image and where it may merge with references to the rod of Moses and even the rod of God (Ex 4:20; 17:9). The significance of the rod was kept alive in the Hebrew consciousness by virtue of its
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AARON'S ROD
AARON’S ROD(Numbers 17 and Hebrews 9:4): Immediately after the incidents connected with the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram against the leadership of Moses and the priestly primacy of Aaron (Numbers 16), it became necessary to indicate and emphasize the Divine appointment of Aaron. Therefore,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Aaron's Rod
AARON’S ROD Aaron used a rod to demonstrate to the Pharaoh that the God of the Hebrews was Lord. It became a snake when cast down (Exod. 7:8–13) and brought about the first three plagues (Exod. 7:19–20; 8:5–7, 16–19). This rod was the same one used to strike the rocks at Horeb and Kadesh to bring forth
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Aaron's Rod, Staff
Aaron’s rod, staff. This expression is used specifically of the staff (Heb. maṭṭeh H4751; Gk. rhabdos G4811) that budded to vindicate the divine authority of Aaron as high priest (Num. 17:8). When Korah and his confederates challenged the leadership of Moses and Aaron (chs. 16–17, possibly the most
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Aaron’s Rod
AARON’S ROD (Nu 17 and He 9:4): Immediately after the incidents connected with the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram against the leadership of Moses and the priestly primacy of Aaron (Nu 16), it became necessary to indicate and emphasize the Divine appointment of Aaron. Therefore, at the command