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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Blood (דָּם‎, dam; αἷμα, haima). In the Bible, blood functions as a symbol of life and death and serves as a sacred substance in sacrificial rituals for purification, consecration, and atonement.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BLOOD [Heb dām (דָּם)]. Biblical authors identified the liquid, blood, and the solid, fat (Heb ḥēleb), as the body substances essential for all animal life. When David eulogized Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam 1:22) for bringing death to the foe, he sang: “From blood of slain, from fat of heroes—the bow
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Blood. Fluid that circulates through the body of a person or a vertebrate animal. Aside from reference to the common physical substance the term “blood” has a number of metaphorical uses in the Bible. At times it refers to a red color: “the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood” (Acts
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Blood [Heb. dām, prob < ’āḏam—‘be red’; Gk. haíma]. Blood in the OT is the life principle, both animal (Lev. 17:11) and vegetable (Dt. 32:14, the “blood” of the grape). Its atoning power in the OT sacrifices foreshadows the ultimate atonement by the blood of Christ. The word has a figurative sense
Blood And Water
Blood And Water [Gk. haíma kaí hýdōr]. An unusual phenomenon is related in Jn. 19:34 in connection with the death of Jesus. When the soldiers came to Jesus to perform the final step in His execution, viz., the breaking of His legs, they saw that He was already dead and omitted the act. “But one
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BLOOD Fluid that circulates through the body of a person or a vertebrate animal. Aside from reference to the common physical substance, the term “blood” has a number of metaphorical uses in the Bible. At times, it refers to a red color: “the sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn bloodred” (Acts
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
blood. In biblical writings, blood is understood to be the source of life’s power. Although the word is sometimes used simply to designate mortal life (usually in conjunction with flesh), blood is often connected with God, the life-giver. Thus, from the time of Noah on, there are injunctions against
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BLOOD (Gr. haima). The red fluid circulating in the bodies of animals and men which signifies the “life” a principle in the OT (Gen 9:4; Lev 17:11; Deut 12:23). Because “the life is the blood” the OT forbade eating blood or bloody meat (Lev 3:17; Deut 12:16). Though all foods were made clean by Christ
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BLOOD. The point chiefly to be determined is whether ‘blood’ in biblical usage points basically to life or to death. There are those who hold that in the sacrificial system of the OT ‘blood’ represents life liberated from the limitations of the body and set free for other purposes. The ceremonial manipulation
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BloodBlood is significant both as a biblical term and as a theological concept. Both Heb. dām and Gk. haɩ́ma are used in a theological sense to designate the life principle in humankind and animals. From the earliest of times blood has been associated with mystery because it was recognized as a symbol
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Blood (Heb. dām; Gk.haíma). The essential fluid of human, animal, and even plant life (cf. Gen. 49:11–12; Deut. 32:14).
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
BLOOD דםI. Although nowhere deified, blood, Hebr dām, is seen in the OT as a liquid essential for animal and human life. In Ugaritic and Mesopotamian texts, mention is made of divine blood. In personal names from Ebla and Emar the theophoric element Damu is attested. The name of this deity has incorrectly
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BLOOD The word for “blood” (or related words) occurs more than four hundred times in the Bible. In the Law, blood is “the life of the flesh,” and the blood of sacrifices is what makes atonement, “by reason of the life” (Lev 17:11). Because of its sacredness, the Old Testament prohibited consuming blood
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