Any Spies
Any person or people covertly gathering information about another person, group, or nation.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Spy [Heb. piel of rāg̱al—‘go out, spy’ (Gen. 42:9; Dt. 1:24; Josh. 6:22; etc.), tûr—‘spy out, explore’ (Nu. 13:2, 16f, 21; 14:6; etc.; hiphil, Jgs. 1:23), šāmar—‘keep, watch’ (Jgs. 1:24), rāʾâ—‘see’ (2 K. 9:17), ḥāp̱ar—‘search out’ (Job 39:29); Gk. enkáthetos—‘hired to lie in wait’ (Lk. 20:20),
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
spies. In the Hebrew Bible, spies are involved in three complexes of material: the dispatch of twelve spies by Moses to reconnoiter the land of Canaan (Num. 13–14; Deut. 1:19–46); the sending of two spies to Jericho by Joshua (Josh. 2); and the mission of the five spies sent to Laish as part of the Danite
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SPY. A word translating several OT words with the meaning of (1) to see, i.e., he spied an Egyptian smiting. Hebrew (Ex 2:11); (2) to search out a country or city for invasion purposes (Num 21:32).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
SpiesWhen the Israelites reached Kadesh for the first time, and were encamped there, Moses selected twelve spies from among the chiefs of the divisions of the tribes, and sent them forth to spy the land of Canaan (Num. 13), and to bring back to him a report of its actual condition. They at once proceeded
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Spiesspies, those who seek to obtain privileged information secretly. In the ot, spies are involved in three complexes of material: the dispatch of twelve spies by Moses to reconnoiter the land of Canaan (Num. 13–14; Deut. 1:19–46); the sending of two spies to Jericho by Joshua (Josh. 2); and the mission
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SPIES — agents who operate in undercover fashion to obtain information about the enemy. Spies are mentioned in two specific places in the Old Testament.In Numbers 13–14 Moses sent 12 men into the land of Canaan to gather information about its manpower, defenses, and fertility. They returned 40 days
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Spies, Spying
Spies, SpyingSpying, “the second oldest profession,” has been a standard weapon in power games since the dawn of history. Israelite leaders from Moses onward (Num 13) regularly used spies to report on enemy movements and targets. The handful of OT spy stories are strikingly modern and surprisingly ambivalent:
Spy Stories
Spy StoriesSpy stories are a branch of battle stories. While not numerous in the Bible, they play a crucial role in several OT events. Spy stories are stories of secrecy, intrigue and danger. Spies themselves are a case study in vulnerability. When Joseph wishes to terrify his brothers, he charges them
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ESPY<es-pi’>: “Espy” in modern English means “to catch sight of,” rather than “to explore secretly.” the Revised Version (British and American) therefore retains it in Genesis 42:27, “He espied his money” (Hebrew [רָאָה‎, ra’ah], “see”), while in Joshua 14:7 “espy out the land” (the King
Compton’s Encyclopedia
spyA spy is someone who keeps watch on a person or object in order to obtain secret information. A spy is most often thought of as a covert agent of a government who is employed to secretly discover and pass on classified information that would be of strategic importance to that government. However,
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
SPIES (ἐγκάθετοι, best derived from ἐγκαθίημι, ‘to send down in (secret)’ [Grimm-Thayer], ‘men suborned to lie in wait’; Vulg. insidiatores).—Though the word occurs only once in the Gospels (Lk 20:20; cf. Job 19:12, 31:9, Sir 8:11), there is abundant evidence of a regular system of espionage directed
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
spying. The Hebrew verb rāgal H8078 in the piel stem has the meaning “to scout, explore, spy out” (Num 21:32 et al.), and the participle of this verb is commonly used with reference to spies (Gen. 42:9 et al.). Two other verbs that have a similar meaning are tûr H9365 (e.g., Num. 13:2) and, less frequently,
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
SpiesSent by Moses at Num. 13:1–25 (see Dt. 1:22–24), following God’s command, on reconnaissance into the land of Canaan. Two s. (usually identified as Joshua and Caleb) returned (Num. 13:23) from Wadi Eschol (“cluster”) with a single cluster of → grapes (see Corrado, 1947) hanging from a pole they