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Book of Life
Life, Book Of
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Book of Life
Book of Life. Term used to refer to a heavenly record. The phrase appears seven times in the NT: Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12 (twice); 21:27. The Christian understanding of the phrase, however, is rooted in the OT. Passages such as Exodus 32:32; Psalm 87:6; Daniel 7:10; 12:1; and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Book of Life
Book of Life The ancient practice of keeping various kinds of records has an analogy in the concept of heavenly record books. Although the only OT use of the complete expression “book of the living” (Heb. sēp̱er ḥayyîm) is in Ps. 69:28, God’s “book” in Ex. 32:32f is part of the same concept. To be
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Book of Life
BOOK OF LIFE Term used to refer to a heavenly record. The phrase appears seven times in the NT: Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27. The Christian understanding of the phrase, however, is rooted in the OT. Passages such as Exodus 32:32; Psalm 87:6; Daniel 7:10; 12:1; and Malachi
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Life, Book Of
Life, Book of, a roster of names kept in heaven. It is a list of those who will survive the manifestation of God’s wrath (Mal. 3:16–4:3). According to the book of Revelation (21:27), only those whose names are in the Book of Life will enter the new Jerusalem.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Life, Book of (Writing)
LIFE, BOOK OF. In the NT the book of life is the register which contains the names of those who are saved and will inherit eternal life. It is called by this designation in Phil 4:3; Rev 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; (22:19 should read “tree” of life, not “book” of life). The concept is also found
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Book of Life
BOOK OF LIFE (Heb. sēp̱er ḥayyîm; Gk. biblos or biblion zōēs, ‘the roll of the living’).1. It is used of natural life, Ps. 69:28, where ‘let them be blotted out of the book of the living’ means ‘let them die’. cf. Ex. 32:32f., where Moses prays to be blotted out of God’s book if Israel is to be
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Book of Life
Book of LifeThe mundane task of bookkeeping in the ancient Near East often found a parallel in the divine realm. The idea of divine scribal activity appears several times throughout both the OT and NT and is frequently mentioned in pseudepigraphal writings (cf. Exod. 32:32–33; Ps. 139:16; Isa. 65:6;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Book of Life
Book of Life. Just as the Israelites had their genealogical records (e.g., the “book of the generations” [Gen. 5:1], the “book of genealogy” [Neh. 7:5; cf. v. 64; 12:22]), they had a “book of the living [Heb. sēp̱er ḥayyîm]” (Ps. 69:28). They believed that in this book God has recorded the names
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Book of Life, The
BOOK OF LIFE, THE A registry of the saints destined for glory, written by God himself and hidden away in heaven. Those not found in the book of life will be cast into the fire (Rev 3:5; 13:8; 20:15). The title is used variously in both the Old Testament and New Testament (Exod 32:32–33; Ps 68:29, 138:2;
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
book of life
book of life. The phrase occurs in six passages in the NT: Phil. 4:3; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; and 21:27. (In AV, also at 22:19, but here all the best MS evidence is for ‘tree of life’.) The conception of a heavenly register of the elect is based on ideas found in the OT (e.g. Exod. 32:32;
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Life, Book of (Writing)
Life, Book OfLife, Book of, a roster of names kept in heaven of those who will survive the manifestation of God’s wrath (Mal. 3:16-4:3). In the book of Revelation (21:27), only those whose names are in the Book of Life will enter the new Jerusalem.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Book of Life
BOOK OF LIFE — a heavenly book in which the names of the righteous (the redeemed or saved) are written. The concept of God’s having a “Book of Life” was probably first enunciated by Moses, who prayed that God would blot him out of God’s book rather than dooming his fellow Israelites (Ex. 32:32–33). This
Key passages
Ps 69:28

Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and let them not be recorded with the righteous.

Php 4:3

Yes, I ask also you, true yokefellow, help them, who struggled along with me in the gospel with both Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the book of life.

Re 3:5

The one who conquers in this way will be dressed in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, and I will declare his name before my Father and before his angels.

Re 13:8

And all those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name is not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.

Re 17:8

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is going to come up from the abyss, and he is going to destruction. And those who live on the earth, whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will …

Re 20:11–15

And I saw a great white throne and the one who was seated on it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled, and a place was not found for them. And I saw the dead—the great and the small—standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book …

Re 21:27

And every unclean thing and one who practices detestable things and falsehood will never enter into it, except those who are written in the book of life of the Lamb.

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