Ensign • Standard • Standards
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Banner [Heb. deg̱el (Cant. 2:4), dāg̱al (Ps. 20:5 [MT 6]; Cant. 6:4, 10), nēs (Ex. 17:15; Ps. 60:4 [MT 6]; Jer. 50:2)]; AV also “nissi” (Ex. 17:15), STANDARD; NEB also “nissi,” “starry heavens” (Cant. 6:4; cf. KoB, p. 203; CHAL, p.68), etc. The RSV’s rendering of the obscure Ex. 17:16 is based simply
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
banner, a cloth ensign used for identification of a group (nrsv: “ensign,” Num. 2:2; Isa. 62:10; Ezek. 27:7) or as a rallying point that could be easily seen (nrsv: “signal,” Isa. 5:26; 11:10; 13:2). Most often used by armies (cf. Song of Sol. 6:4, 10), banners are sometimes mentioned symbolically (Exod.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BANNER. Two words are used in Heb. in the sense of a banner: degel, “something conspicuous”, and nēs, “lifted up, exalted”. The banners of Bible times were poles or standards with some identifying marking or figure, rather than the flags and pennants of our day. They were used as rallying points either
Ensign, Standard
Egyptian StandardsENSIGN, STANDARD. An emblem or flag;. signal or warning sign.1. Heb. ’ôt, the “sign” or token “of their father’s house” and thus of a tribal subdivision (Num 2:2). Ps 74:4 refers to the idolatrous emblems (see ANEP #469–573) or military ensigns which foes of God set up in the holy
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BANNER 1. Heb. deḡel, meaning ‘standard’ or ‘flag’, is rendered ‘banner’ 4 times and ‘standard’ 14 times in rsv. In the wilderness each tribe was marked by its own banner (Nu. 1:52; 2:2–3, etc.). In Ps. 20:5 the word is used for a flag of battle. In the Song of Solomon it is used figuratively by the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BannerA flag, emblem, carved image, or streamer attached to a pole. Heb. nēs is connected with military endeavors. It is thus a banner under which individuals gather for battle (Isa. 5:26; Jer. 50:2; 51:12, 27) or celebrate victory (Exod. 17:15; Isa. 11:12). It can also describe an incident that serves
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Banner. The Hebrew terms generally translated “banner” refer either to an identification mark, such as an emblem (usually Heb. nēs), or to the colors or standard (Heb. deg̱el, e.g., Num. 1:52) around which soldiers rallied in battle. A banner might be a signal (Isa. 5:26; 13:2; 18:3; 30:17; 49:22)
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ensign (nês; in the Authorized Version generally “ensign,” sometimes “standard”; degel, “standard,” with the exception of Song. 2:4, “banner”; ôth, “ensign”). The distinction between these three Hebrew terms is sufficiently marked by their respective uses. Nês is a signal, and not a military standard.
Standards. The Assyrian standards were emblematic of their religion, and were therefore the more valuable as instruments for leading and guiding men in the army. The forms were imitations of animals (1), emblems of deities (2), and symbols of power and wisdom (3). Many of them were crude, but others
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BANNER (Heb. ˒ôt). A more literal rendering of this word is “sign” (Num. 2:2, see marg.), denoting the standard of each tribe and one that is different from the degel, the banner of these tribes together.bibliography: J. Pedersen, Israel, Its Life and Culture (1959), 3–4:1–13; R. de Vaux, Ancient Israel:
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Banner(1.) The flag or banner of the larger kind, serving for three tribes marching together. These standards, of which there were four, were worked with embroidery and beautifully ornamented (Num. 1:52; 2:2, 3, 10, 18, 25; Cant. 2:4; 6:4, 10).(2.) The flag borne by each separate tribe, of a smaller
Ensign(1.) Heb. ‘oth, a military standard, especially of a single tribe (Num. 2:2). Each separate tribe had its own “sign” or “ensign.”(2.) Heb. nes, a lofty signal, as a column or high pole (Num. 21:8, 9); a standard or signal or flag placed on high mountains to point out to the people a place of
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bannerbanner, a cloth ensign used for identification of a group. The Hebrew term, sometimes translated ‘ensign,’ can indicate a cloth object (Isa. 33:23; Ezek. 27:7) used as a rallying point (Isa. 5:26; 11:10; 13:2, hence its use for tribal standards in Num. 2:2), apparently because it could be easily
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BANNER — a flag, ensign, streamer, or emblem attached to the end of a standard. Banners served as rallying points for military, national, or religious purposes. Four large banner-bearing standards (one on each of the four sides of the tabernacle of meeting) were used by the twelve tribes of Israel during
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
BannerBanners are identifying flags or streamers attached to the end of a standard. Throughout history they have served three main purposes: to identify a group, to claim possession of a space or territory and to lend festivity to a celebration. Banners are rallying points, physically and/or emotionally.
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