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Ashes
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The physical residue of combustion. In biblical and related literature, there are three primary references to ashes: 1) as a reference to the remains of a fire, especially relating to religious ritual or the aftermath of destruction; 2) as a euphemism to depict the frailty of human existence or civilization, frequently occurring as the expression “dust and ashes”; and 3) as an element used in the expression of penitence, often combined with sackcloth (“sackcloth and ashes”). A survey of the literature suggests there is a probable conceptual link between all three of these uses.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ashes
Ashes (אֵ֫פֶר‎, epher; σποδός, spodos). The physical residue of combustion. In biblical and related literature, there are three primary references to ashes: 1) as a reference to the remains of a fire, especially relating to religious ritual or the aftermath of destruction; 2) as a euphemism to depict
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ashes
Ashes. Fine powder left after something has been thoroughly burned. The burning of sacrificial offerings on the tabernacle or temple altar produced ashes which were disposed of ceremonially (Lv 1:16; 4:12; 6:10, 11; cf. Heb 9:13). The ashes on pagan altars figured in several OT accounts (1 Kgs 13:1–5;
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ashes
Ashes [Heb. ’ēp̱er, dešen, vb. dāšēn (“take away ashes,” Ex. 27:3; Nu. 4:13), ‘āp̱ār, pî (a)ḥ (Ex. 9:8, 10); Gk. spodós, vb. tephróō (“turn to ashes,” 2 Pet. 2:6)]. Ashes are mentioned frequently in connection with sacrifice (Nu. 19:9–17), mourning, and fasting (Isa. 58:5; Jonah 3:6). Among
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ashes
ASHES Fine powder left after something has been thoroughly burned. The burning of sacrificial offerings on the tabernacle or temple altar produced ashes that were disposed of ceremonially (Lv 1:16; 4:12; 6:10–11; cf. Heb 9:13). The ashes on pagan altars figured in several OT accounts (1 Kgs 13:1–5; 2
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ashes
ashes, remains of a fire, which in the Bible are often mentioned in conjunction with dust and signify destruction (Ezek. 28:18; Mal. 4:3; Heb. 9:13; 2 Pet. 2:6); they are also contrasted with glory (Isa. 61:3). Sitting on them or putting them on one’s head were rituals of mourning and repentance (2 Sam.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ashes
ASHES1. A special word, deshen, really “fatness,” denotes the burnt wood of the altar soaked with fat (1 Kgs 13:3, 5), which was in pots (Ex 27:3), or on the E side of the tabernacle altar (Lev 1:16), or deposited outside the camp (Lev 4:12; cf. Jer 31:40).2. Another word, pı̂ah, used twice, is really
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ashes
ASHES. 1. Heb. ’ēp̱er. This is the most commonly used term to indicate powdery ashes. As such it occurs alone or in connection with *sackcloth as a symbol of mourning (2 Sa. 13:19; Est. 4:3; Is. 58:5; Je. 6:26; Dn. 9:3). It also signifies worthless or debased objects or ideas (Ps. 102:9; Is. 44:20),
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ashes
AshesA means to denote humiliation, sorrow, worthlessness, or purification. As a symbol of humility, ashes often were coupled with other items. When Abraham approached Yahweh, he referred to himself as dust and ashes (Gen. 18:27). Similarly, Daniel fasted and dressed himself in sackcloth and ashes (Dan.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ashes
Ashes. Often a sign of mourning, sorrow, and repentance. Under such conditions one would put on sackcloth and pour ashes (Heb. ˒ēp̱er) on one’s head (Isa. 58:5) or “roll” in them (Jer. 6:26). Job sat “among” the ashes (Job 2:8), as did the king of Nineveh when Jonah announced that city would be overthrown
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ashes
Ashes. The ashes on the altar of burnt offering were gathered into a cavity in its surface. The ashes of a red heifer burnt entire, according to regulations prescribed in Num. 19, had the ceremonial efficacy of purifying the unclean, Heb. 9:13, but of polluting the clean. [Sacrifice.] Ashes about the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Ashes
ASHES.1. The ashes on the altar of burnt offering were removed each morning by a priest clad in linen (his official dress) and were then carried by him, attired in unofficial dress, to a clean place outside the camp (Lev. 6:10–11). According to the Mishna, the priest who was to remove the ashes was
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Ashes
AshesThe ashes of a red heifer burned entire (Num. 19:5) when sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean (Heb. 9:13).To cover the head with ashes was a token of self-abhorrence and humiliation (2 Sam. 13:19; Esther 4:3; Jer. 6:26, etc.).To feed on ashes (Isa. 44:20), means to seek that