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One of the men whom Ezra sent to Casiphia to gather Levites who could serve in the temple (Ezra 8:16).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ARIEL (PERSON) [Heb ʾărı̂ʾēl (אֲרִיאֵל)]. Var. IDUEL. Even though the Hebrew terms that stand behind the transliteration “ariel” occur rarely in the Bible, “ariel” seems to carry a wide range of meanings: (1) a poetic name for Jerusalem (Isa 29:1–2, 7); (2) a common noun for “heroes” or “champions” (2
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ariel (Person). 1. Person or thing overcome in a heroic deed by Benaiah, chief of David’s bodyguard (2 Sm 23:20; 1 Chr 11:22). It is not clear that the Hebrew word ariel is a proper name in these passages. Benaiah may have killed two “lionlike men” of Moab (kjv) or destroyed two Moabite altar hearths.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ARIEL (Person)1. Person or thing overcome in a heroic deed by Benaiah, chief of David’s bodyguard (2 Sm 23:20; 1 Chr 11:22). It is not clear that the Hebrew word ariel is a proper name in these passages. Benaiah may have killed two “lionlike men” of Moab (kjv) or destroyed two Moabite altar hearths.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ariel (air´ee-uhl; Heb., “altar hearth” or “heroes”).1 One of the leading men summoned by Ezra and sent by him to secure ministers for the temple (Ezra 8:16).2 According to the nrsv, a Moabite man in 2 Sam. 23:20 (1 Chron. 11:22) whose two sons were slain by David’s champion warrior Benaiah. Some English
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ARIEL1. The hearth of the altar of burnt offering in Ezekiel’s temple (Ezk 43:15–16). See Hearth.2. A leader whom Ezra sent to Casiphia, presumably a Babylonian Levitical settlement, to seek ministers for the temple (Ezr 8:16–17).3. A symbolic name for Jerusalem (Isa 29:1–2, 7). Its usage favors the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ARIEL (Heb. ’arî’ēl, ‘hearth of El [God]’). 1. A name for the altar of burnt-offering described by Ezekiel (43:15–16). Several interpretations of this name have been given; ‘altar-hearth’ (rv); ‘mount of God’ (cf. Ezk. 43:15–16) or, less likely, ‘Lion of God’. In this sense ’r’l is named on the *Moabite
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ARIEL (Hebrew, “lion of God,” also “heroes” or “champions”)1. One of the men handpicked by Ezra to recruit twelve Levites to serve as ministers for the house of God when the Jews returned to Israel from exile in Babylon (Ezra 8:16).2. The name Ezekiel gives to the “altar hearth” in the Temple of Jerusalem
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
A´riel (lion of God).1. One of the “chief men” who under Ezra directed the caravan which he led back from Babylon to Jerusalem. Ezra 8:16. (b.c. 459.) The word occurs also in reference to two Moabites slain by Benaiah. 2 Sam. 23:20; 1 Chron. 11:22. Many regard the word as an epithet, “lion-like”; but