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Boanerges
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Sometimes transliterated as “Boanerges.” The name Jesus gave to James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). Mark’s translation of the term Boanerges, “sons of thunder,” likely comes from an Aramaic or Hebrew phrase with similar meaning. Here the designation is probably intended to reflect James and John’s intense character.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder (Βοανηργές, Boanērges). Sometimes transliterated as “Boanerges.” The name Jesus gave to James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). Mark’s translation of the term Boanerges, “sons of thunder,” likely comes from an Aramaic or Hebrew phrase with similar meaning. Here the designation
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Boanerges
Boanerges. Name meaning “sons of thunder” given by Jesus to James and John, Zebedee’s sons (Mk 3:17). Its derivation is uncertain. The name may have referred to the volatile personalities of the two brothers (Lk 9:54), to their possible revolutionary past as Zealots, or even to a “thundering” style of
Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder. Translation of the word “Boanerges,” the surname given by Jesus to James and John (Mk 3:17).See Boanerges.
Thunder, Sons of
Thunder, Sons of. Translation of the word “Boanerges,” the surname given by Jesus to James and John (Mk 3:17).See Boanerges.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Boanerges
Boanerges bō-ə̄-nûrʹjēz [Gk. Boanērges < Aram < Heb. benê reg̱eš—‘sons of thunder’]. The surname bestowed by Jesus upon James and John, the sons of Zebedee, when they were ordained to the apostleship (Mk. 3:17). See James 1. It has also been regarded as an equivalent of the “Heavenly Twins,”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Boanerges
BOANERGES* Name meaning “sons of thunder” given by Jesus to James and John, Zebedee’s sons (Mk 3:17). Its derivation is uncertain. The name may have referred to the volatile personalities of the two brothers (Lk 9:54), to their possible revolutionary past as Zealots, or even to a “thundering” style of
Sons of Thunder
SONS OF THUNDER Translation of the word “Boanerges,” the surname given by Jesus to James and John (Mk 3:17). See Boanerges.
Thunder, Sons of
THUNDER, SONS OF Translation of the word “Boanerges,” the surname given by Jesus to James and John (Mk 3:17). See Boanerges.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Boanerges
Boanerges (boh´uh-nuhr´jeez; Aramaic, “sons of thunder”), the name given by Jesus to James and John, sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). The reason for such an appellation is not given; it might have been a reference to their tempestuous dispositions (cf. Luke 9:54). See also James; John.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Boanerges
BOANERGES (“sons of thunder”). A surname Jesus gave James and John, sons of Zebedee, when He ordained them apostles (Mk 3:17), referring to their fiery zeal (see Mk 9:38; Lk 9:54).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Boanerges
BOANERGES. The name given by Jesus to the sons of Zebedee and recorded only in Mk. 3:17. Its derivation is uncertain, but it is most likely to be the equivalent of the Heb. benê reḡeš (‘sons of confusion or thunder’) but might be from benê reḡaz (‘sons of wrath’; cf. Jb. 37:2). It is strange that
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Boanerges
Boanerges (Gk. Boanērgés)A surname (from Aramaic, possibly Heb. bĕnê reg̱eš, “sons of unrest,” or bĕnê rēg̱ez, “sons of thunder”) given by Jesus to James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). The name would appropriately reflect their rather forceful behavior at a later stage of Jesus’
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Boanerges
Boanerges [bōˊə nûrˊjēz] (Gk. Boanērges, from Aramaic, possibly from Heb. benê reg̱eš “sons of thunder” or benê rēg̱ez “sons of trembling”). A surname given by Jesus to James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17), which would appropriately reflect their rather forceful behavior at a later
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Boanerges
BOANERGES (“sons of thunder”) The name given by Christ to James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17).
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Boanerges
Boanerges. The surname given by Christ (Mk. 3:17) to *James and *John, the sons of Zebedee. The word is there stated to mean ‘sons of thunder’, but the derivation is quite uncertain.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Boanerges
Boaner´ges, a name signifying sons of thunder, given by our Lord to the two sons of Zebedee, James, and John, probably on account of their fiery earnestness. Mark 3:17. See Luke 9:54; Mark 9:38; comp. Matt. 20:20, etc.