The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bee (דְּבוֹרָה‎, devorah). Noted for their production of honey (Judg 14:8; Psa 81:16) as well as their swarming attacks (Deut 1:44; Psa 118:12). Bees also are used to represent Israel’s enemies, the Assyrians (Isa 7:18).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bee [Heb. deḇôrâ; cf. Arab dibr—‘a swarm of bees’]. Honey is mentioned many times in the Bible, especially in the OT, but the word “bee” occurs only four times, and only one of the four times in connection with honey, in the story of Samson (Jgs. 14:8). Both wild and domesticated bees are found
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BeeHeb. dĕḇôrâ probably refers to the banded bee (Apis fasciatta). Bees are known for their propensity to get angry and sting when stirred up. The bee is a symbol of pursuit of Israel by the Amorites (Deut. 1:44), of the psalmist by his enemies (Ps. 118:12), and of God’s people by God (Isa. 7:18).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bee. The wild bee (Apis mellifica) of Palestine (Heb. deḇôrâ), mentioned four times in the Old Testament. In three instances this insect is a symbol of pursuit, of Israel by the Amorites (Deut. 1:44), of the psalmist by his enemies (Ps. 118:12), and of God’s people by God himself (Isa. 7:18). While
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bee (debôrâh). Deut. 1:44; Judges 14:8; Ps. 118:12; Isa. 7:18. Bees abounded in Palestine, honey being a common article of food, Ps. 81:16, and was often found in the clefts of rocks and in hollow trees. 1 Sam. 14:25, 27. English naturalists know little of the species of bees that are found in Palestine,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BeeFirst mentioned in Deut. 1:44. Swarms of bees, and the danger of their attacks, are mentioned in Ps. 118:12. Samson found a “swarm of bees” in the carcass of a lion he had slain (Judg. 14:8). Wild bees are described as laying up honey in woods and in clefts of rocks (Deut. 32:13; Ps. 81:16). In Isa.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEE<be> (דַּבוֹרָה‎ [debhorah]; compare Arabic dabr, “a swarm of bees,” also Arabic debbur, “a wasp,” said to be a corruption of zunbur, “a wasp”; all are apparently from the Hebrew [dabhar], “to speak,” “arrange,” “lead,” “follow,” or from Arabic dabara, “follow” (compare Arabic dabbara,
Compton’s Encyclopedia
beePeople have known ever since ancient times that the insects called bees make delicious honey from the nectar of flowers. There are more than 20,000 species of bees, and they are found all over the world except in Antarctica. Most people throughout the world recognize honeybees, and people in temperate
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Bees.Jupiter was nourished by bees in infancy. (See Athenian Bee, p. 72, col. 1.)Pindar is said to have been nourished by bees with honey instead of milk.The coins of Ephesus had a bee on the reverse.The Greeks consecrated bees to the moon.With the Romans a flight of bees was considered a bad omen.
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