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Beauty
The state of being attractive or pleasing to the senses.
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beauty
Beauty. Harmonious combination of qualities pleasant to see. Archaeological materials indicate that the ancient Hebrews were concerned more with usefulness than with beauty. Hebrew pottery, for example, was generally more bulky than Canaanite pottery. Yet such artifacts do not mean that the Hebrews had
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beauty
Beauty [Heb. yāp̱eh, yop̱î, tip̱’ārâ, nō‘am, hāḏār, ḥeseḏ (Isa. 40:6), mar’eh (Isa. 53:2), hôḏ (Hos. 14:6), etc.]; AV also GOODLINESS (ḥeseḏ), GLORY (Isa. 62:3), etc.; NEB also GRANDEUR, DIGNITY, SPLENDOUR, “perfume” (Isa. 3:24), etc.; [GK. timḗ] (Rom. 9:21); AV HONOUR; NEB “to be
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beauty
BEAUTY Harmonious combination of qualities pleasant to see. Archaeological materials indicate that the ancient Hebrews were concerned more with usefulness than with beauty. Hebrew pottery, for example, was generally more bulky than Canaanite pottery. Yet such artifacts do not mean that the Hebrews had
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beauty
BEAUTY. The biblical concept of beauty blends two areas: the aesthetic that touches man’s experiences of beauty and art, as well as the recognition of the moral, ethical and spiritual aspect of what is divinely and eternally good and righteous. The Bible does not purport to supply answers for a critique
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Beauty
BeautyBeauty is first of all an aesthetic quality that names what we find attractive, satisfying and excellent in an object or person. With visual art and music, this beauty is perceived through the senses. With a work of literature, beauty is perceived by the mind and imagination. While it is possible
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEAUTY
BEAUTY<bu’-ti>: The space allotted to this topic allows liberty only for the statement of two problems to students of the Bible. They should give distinct attention to the interblending of aesthetics with ethics in the Scripture. They should observe the extent and meaning of aesthetics in Nature.
GOODLINESS
GOODLINESS<good’-li-nes>: This word is found in Isa 40:6 as the translation of [חֶסֶד‎, checedh], commonly translated “mercy,” “kindness,” etc.: “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness (beauty, charm, comeliness) thereof is as the flower of the field.” The rendering is retained by the English
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Beautiful
Beautiful. Beautiful or fair as an angel. Throughout the Middle Ages it was common to associate beauty with virtue, and ugliness with sin; hence the expressions given above, and the following also—“Seraphic beauty,” “Cherubic loveliness,” “Ugly as sin,” etc.
Belle
Belle. A beauty. The Belle of the room. The most beautiful lady in the room (French).La belle France. A common French phrase applied to France, as “Merry England” is to our own country.
Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition
Theological Aesthetics
theological aesthetics. A theological account of beauty and the arts. Although the Reformation is most widely known for its *iconoclasm, it also gave rise to a distinct approach to theological aesthetics. In general, a Reformed aesthetic privileges sound over sight, the Word over images, internal over
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Beauty
BEAUTY.—This term is applied alike to the physical grace of men and animals, to external nature and works of art, and to moral character and action. In every relationship it is a quality capable of imparting exquisite pleasure, and a power that commands and captivates. The appreciation of beauty for
Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science
Beauty
BEAUTY. Beauty is one of the joys of human life and a primary concern in philosophical aesthetics. One of the perennial debates about the subject concerns whether beauty is an objective quality in the world or merely exists “in the eye of the beholder.” The latter view, known as aesthetic subjectivism,
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Aesthetics
Aesthetics(from Gk. αἴσθησις, “sensory perception”). Since the 18th c., a branch of philosophy concerned with definitions of beauty (and its opposite) in nature and in art, especially in architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and poetry. In antiquity there was no corresponding specialized branch
Key passages
2 Sa 14:25

As far as Absalom, there was not a more handsome man in all of Israel to admire so much; from the sole of his foot up to his crown, there was no physical defect on him.

Es 2:2–3

And the king’s servants attending him said, “Let them seek attractive young virgins for the king. Let the king appoint chief officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, and let them gather every attractive young virgin to the harem in the citadel of Susa under the care of Hegai, the king’s …

Ps 27:4

One thing I have asked from Yahweh; it I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Yahweh, and to consider his temple.

Pr 31:30

Charm is deceit and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh shall be praised.

Is 52:7

How delightful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns as a king.”

1 Pe 3:3–4

Let your adornment not be the external kind, braiding hair and putting on gold jewelry or putting on fine clothing, but the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is highly valuable in the sight of God.