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Avenger of blood
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Avenger of Blood
Avenger of Blood (הַדָּם גֹּאֵל‎, haddam go'el). A close male relative whose duty it was to avenge the death of a family member by killing the one responsible.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Blood, Avenger of
BLOOD, AVENGER OF (Heb gôʾēl haddām (גֹּואֵל הַדָּם)). An individual responsible for avenging the death of a relative. Biblical legislation refers to the blood avenger in connection with the cities of asylum (Num 35:11–28; Deut 4:41–43, 19:1–13; cf. Josh 20:1–9). From these texts as well as from biblical
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Avenger of Blood
Avenger of Blood. Person who performed the duty of pursuing and ultimately executing the murderer of a near kinsman (see, e.g., Nm 35). Such a “redeemer” was expected to act in instances of deliberate murder but not of accidental manslaughter. A person guilty of manslaughter could find asylum in any
Blood, Avenger of
Blood, Avenger of. Person who sought justice by killing a murderer. The avenger of blood was usually the nearest relative of the one who had been murdered. The Mosaic law regulated this kind of vengeance killing.See Avenger of Blood.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Avenger
Avenger The RSV translation of the Hebrew participial forms of gā’al and nāqam, and the Greek substantive ékdikos.Gō’ēl is rendered by “avenger” only in the expression gō’ēl haddām, “the avenger of blood.” In Nu. 35:12 “blood” is omitted in the MT but found in the LXX and other versions.The
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Avenger of Blood
AVENGER OF BLOOD Person who performed the duty of pursuing and ultimately executing the murderer of a close relative (Nm 35). Such a “redeemer” was expected to act in instances of deliberate murder but not of accidental manslaughter. A person guilty of manslaughter could find asylum in any one of six
Blood, Avenger of
BLOOD*, AVENGER OF Person who sought justice by killing a murderer. The avenger of blood was usually the nearest relative of the one who had been murdered. The Mosaic law regulated this kind of vengeance killing. See Avenger of Blood.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Blood, Avenger of
BLOOD, AVENGER OF. In the OT, if a man killed another, the man closest of kin to the dead was expected to kill the slayer and was called “the avenger of blood” (Heb. gô˒ēl haddām).This practice may perhaps be traced to Gen 9:5 f., where God lays down the rule for mankind after the Flood that he who
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Avenger of Blood
AVENGER OF BLOOD (Heb. gō’ēl haddām, lit. ‘redeemer of blood’). Even before the time of Moses, a basic feature of primitive life was the system of blood revenge for personal injury. It is mentioned with approval as early as Gn. 9:5. All members of the clan were regarded as being of one blood, but
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Avenger of Blood
Avenger of BloodA male member of a murder victim’s family, obligated to find and kill the person who had taken the life of his family member. The obligation existed whether the person was killed with intent or by accident. The underlying principle can be seen in the translation of Heb. gōʾēl. Usually
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Avenger of Blood
Avenger of Blood. Blood relative(s) or fellow tribesmen who avenged the murder of one of their own by killing a member of the family or tribe of the murderer. This practice occurs among modern primitive peoples as it did among the peoples of the ancient Near East. One possible explanation for blood vengeance
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Avenger of Blood
AVENGER OF BLOOD (Hebrew gôʾēl, from gāʾal, “to redeem”) The kinsman of a murder victim whose duty was to hunt down and take the life of the killer. In early tribal societies, a murder could be avenged upon the killer by a relative of the victim. The deterrent to murder was not courts or police but
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Blood Revenger of
Blood, Revenger of. He who avenged the blood of one who had been killed. The nearest relative of the deceased became the authorized avenger of blood. Num. 35:19. The law of retaliation was not to extend beyond the immediate offender. Deut. 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chron. 25:4; Jer. 31:29, 30; Ezek. 18:20.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Blood, Avenger of
BLOOD, AVENGER, or Revenger of (Heb. gô˒ēl haddām, lit., “redeemer of blood”). At the root of the enactments of the Mosaic penal code lies the principle of strict but righteous retribution, the purpose being to eradicate evil and produce reverence for the righteous God. This principle, however, was