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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bier [Heb. miṭṭâ—‘place of reclining,’ ‘bed’] (2 S. 3:31); [miškāḇ—‘place of lying,’ ‘bed’] (2 Ch. 16:14); AV BED; [Gk. sorós] (Lk. 7:14); COFFIN [Heb. arôn—‘ark,’ ‘chest’ (once meaning the Egyptian type of sarcophagus or mummy case)] (Gen. 50:26).The Hebrew terms miṭṭâ, miškāḇ, and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BIER. Found only twice in KJV. King David followed the bier bearing the body of Abner (2 Sam 3:31). Christ touched the bier of the only son of a widow in Nain (Lk 7:14). The word means “coffin” and refers to a simple open litter or flat wooden frame on which the dead body was borne from the house to
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BIER (Heb. miṭṭâ, “bed”; but “bier” in 2 Sam. 3:31, KJV, NASB, NIV; Gk. saros, open “coffin,” funeral “couch,” Luke 7:14, rendered “coffin” in the NASB and NIV, but “bier” in the KJV). The original form of the term is “beere,” from the Anglo-Saxon beran, “to bear.” The bier is in fact a hand-barrow
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bierthe frame on which dead bodies were conveyed to the grave (Luke 7:14).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BIER [beer] — a stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial; a coffin together with its stand (2 Sam. 3:31; 2 Chr. 16:14; Luke 7:14, KJV; coffin, NIV).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BIER<ber>:1. Found in the Old Testament only in 2 Samuel 3:31, “and king David followed the bier”; and in the New Testament in Luke 7:14, “and he (Jesus) came nigh and touched the bier.” The Hebrew word rendered “bier” ([miTTah]) and its Greek equivalent ([soros]) mean strictly “coffin.”
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
BIER.—The Gr. word σορός (Heb. סִמָה‎, 2 S 3:31), ‘bier,’ more strictly means ‘a coffin.’ Lk 7:14 is the only place where the word appears in the NT. The bier was an open coffin, or simply a flat wooden frame on which the body of the dead was carried to the grave. Closed coffins were not used in the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BIER Litter or bed upon which a body was placed before burial. They were portable (2 Sam. 3:31; Luke 7:14). Biers in biblical times have been compared to the wooden boards used in Muslim funerals to carry bodies today. Asa’s bier was of a more elaborate type of burial couch that was probably placed in
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
bier. This term is used in English Bibles in the accounts of the funerals of Abner and King Asa (2 Sam. 3:31; 2 Chr. 16:14). It is also used by the NRSV in the story of the raising of the widow’s son in Nain (Lk. 7:14; NIV, “coffin”). The bier was an open bed or litter set in a bedroom where the body
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
BIER, bēr:(1) Found in the OT only in 2 S 3:31, “and king David followed the bier”; and in the NT in Lk 7:14. “and he [Jesus] came nigh and touched the bier. The Heb word rendered “bier” (miṭṭāh) and its Gr equivalent (sorós) mean strictly “coffin.” The so-called “bier” among the ancient Hebrews
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BIER [מִטָּהmittah; σορός soros]. A stretcher (from natah [נָטָה], “to stretch”) used for carrying a deceased human body in a funeral procession (2 Sam 3:31; Luke 7:14). Soros can mean “coffin” but in Luke a bier/stretcher is clearly implied, since the resuscitated youth “sits up” in v. 15. In both
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