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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
One who pays a price on behalf of an impoverished relative, in order to effect the release of the relative or his/her property (Lev 25:25–54). The New Testament uses this term in reference to Jesus, whose death comes to represent both payment for sin and freedom for the believer.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Redeemer
Redeemer (גאל‎, g'l). One who pays a price on behalf of an impoverished relative, in order to effect the release of the relative or his/her property (Lev 25:25–54). The New Testament uses this term in reference to Jesus, whose death comes to represent both payment for sin and freedom for the believer.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Redeemer, Redemption
Redeemer, Redemption. English words derived from a Latin root meaning “to buy back,” thus meaning the liberation of any possession, object, or person, usually by payment of a ransom. In Greek the root word means “to loose” and so to free. The term is used of freeing from chains, slavery, or prison. In
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Kin; Kins(wo)man; Kinsfolk
Kin; Kins (wo)man; Kinsfolk[Heb ʾāḥ-‘brother,’ qārôḇ—‘near’ (Job 19:14; Ps. 38:11 [MT 12]), gōʾēl—‘redeemer’ (Nu. 5:8; 1 K. 16:11), môḏaʿ (Q; K meyuddāʿ) and môḏaʿaṯ (Ruth 2:1; 3:2), ʿam—‘people’ (Jgs. 5:14), ḥay—‘life’ (1 S. 18:18), šeʾēr—‘flesh’ (Jer. 51:35), dôḏ—‘uncle’ (Am. 5:10);
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Kinsman
KINSMAN A relative of the same family. In ancient Israel the tribe was the largest social and political unit. The smallest social unit within the tribe was the family. The relationship of one family to another was carefully regulated by the list of those to whom one should not be married (Lv 18). Those
Redeemer, Redemption
REDEEMER, REDEMPTION English words derived from a Latin root meaning “to buy back,” thus meaning the liberation of any possession, object, or person, usually by payment of a ransom. In Greek the root word means “to loose” and so to free. The term is used of freeing from chains, slavery, or prison.Old
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Redeemer
redeemer, one who buys back a property or house that has been sold, or a relative who buys back a family member who has fallen into slavery (Lev. 25:25–34, 47–55). In the Bible, the term is applied in its latter meaning to God (Job 19:25; Pss. 19:14; 78:35; Prov. 23:11; Isa. 41:14; 43:14; 54:5; 60:16;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Kinsman
KINSMAN. In the OT the word is most often used of Heb. gō˒ēl, the one who has the right to redeem. Three obligations were his: (1) to redeem his brother and his inheritance, if poverty had caused him to go into slavery or dispose of his land (Lev 25:25, 47–49); (2) to avenge his blood if he were slain
Redeemer
REDEEMER. Only one Heb. word is translated “redeemer” in the KJV, the participial form gō˓ēl. It is used 18 times in all, 13 times in Isaiah, usually with a pronoun suffix.The verb form which this noun comes occurs frequently, and is related in meaning to OT and NT words signifying redemption, ransom,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Kin, Kinsman
KIN, KINSMAN. Israel was originally tribal in nature. The idea was never entirely lost, although as the centuries passed the distinctions became less well marked, until today they have all but disappeared (cf. Scots’ clans). Many of Israel’s family relationships are to be understood in terms of tribal
Redeemer, Redemption
REDEEMER, REDEMPTION. Redemption means deliverance from some evil by payment of a price. It is more than simple deliverance. Thus prisoners of war might be released on payment of a price which was called a ‘ransom’ (Gk. lytron). The word-group based on lytron was formed specifically to convey this idea
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Goʾel
GOʾEL גאלI. In ancient Israel, the gōʾēl, ‘redeemer’, acted within the social system as the protector and defender of the interests of the kinship group. Metaphorically, gōʾēl occurs as an epithet for →Yahweh; besides, in Job 19:25, gōʾēl indicates an independent deity. On a societal level, several
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Kinsman
KINSMAN (Heb. gô˒ēl, “redeemer”). This Heb. term for kinsman is used to imply certain obligations arising out of that relationship, and has for its primary meaning “coming to the help or rescue” of one. The gô˒ēl among the Hebrews was the nearest living male blood relative (“close relative,” Ruth
Redeemer
REDEEMER (Heb. gō˒ēl, the “nearest kinsman”). According to the custom of retribution, it fell to the nearest kinsman to avenge the blood of a slain relative; to protect the life and property of a relative. This obligation was called by the Israelites redeeming, and the man who was bound to fulfill
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Goel
Goelin Hebrew the participle of the verb gaal, “to redeem.” It is rendered in the Authorized Version “kinsman,” Num. 5:8; Ruth 3:12; 4:1, 6, 8; “redeemer,” Job 19:25; “avenger,” Num. 35:12; Deut. 19:6, etc. The Jewish law gave the right of redeeming and repurchasing, as well as of avenging blood, to
Kinsman
KinsmanHeb. goel, from root meaning to redeem. The goel among the Hebrews was the nearest male blood relation alive. Certain important obligations devolved upon him toward his next of kin. (1.) If any one from poverty was unable to redeem his inheritance, it was the duty of the kinsman to redeem it
Redeemer
RedeemerHeb. goel; i.e., one charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs (Lev. 25:48, 49; Num. 5:8; Ruth 4:1; Job 19:25; Ps. 19:14; 78:35, etc.). This title is peculiarly applied to Christ. He redeems us from all evil by the payment of a ransom (q.v.). (See REDEMPTION.)
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Redeemer
Redeemerredeemer, one who buys back a property or house that has been sold; or, a kinsman who buys back a family member who has fallen into slavery (Lev. 25:25–34, 47–55). In the ot, the term is applied in its latter meaning to God (Job 19:25; Pss. 19:14; 78:35; Prov. 23:11; Isa. 41:14; 43:14; 54:5;
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Kinsman
KINSMAN — a male relative; a man sharing the same racial, cultural, or national background as another. In the Old Testament the word “kinsman” is often used as a translation of a Hebrew word that means, “one who has the right to redeem.”Since an Israelite could sell himself, his family, or his land
Redeemer
REDEEMER — one who frees or delivers another from difficulty, danger, or bondage, usually by the payment of a ransom price. In the Old Testament the redeemer could function in several ways. He could buy back property (and even enslaved people) sold under duress (Lev. 25:23–32). He (usually as owner,
Key passages
Ru 4:1–12

And Boaz had gone up to the city gate and sat there. And look, the redeemer of whom Boaz had spoken was passing by. And he said, “Come over here to sit, friend.” And he came over and sat. And he took ten men from the elders of the city and said, “Sit here.” And they sat. And …

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