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A name given to the bronze serpent in 2 Kgs 18:4. Refers to the same bronze serpent that Moses fashioned in the wilderness in order to cure the Israelites from a plague of poisonous snakes.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
SERPENT, BRONZE. Serpent figures crafted from copper alloy or bronze have been found throughout the ANE. Some fine examples have been recovered on plaques with deities or as independent figurines (Yadin et al. 1960:117, pl. 181; Macalister 1912:399, fig. 488; Speiser 1935:111–12, pl. 50; Loud 1948: pl.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bronze Serpent. Piece of sculpture that God commanded Moses to make when the Israelites were being bitten by “fiery serpents” (Nm 21:4–9). The serpents had been sent as a judgment because the people were grumbling against God and against Moses. When the people repented, God ordered the replica made;
Fiery Serpent. Brazen symbol made by Moses on God’s instruction to save the Israelites.Deadly snakes sent by God to punish the Israelites for their rebellious grumblings, many of whom died from the poisonous bites (Nm 21:4–9). Recognizing their sin they cried out to God for deliverance and he instructed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bronze Serpent, Bronze Snake
BRONZE SERPENT, BRONZE SNAKE Piece of sculpture that God commanded Moses to make when the Israelites were being bitten by “fiery serpents” (Nm 21:4–9). The serpents had been sent as a judgment because the people were grumbling against God and against Moses. When the people repented, God ordered the replica
FIERY SERPENT* Bronze symbol of a snake made by Moses on God’s instruction to save the Israelites.Deadly snakes were sent by God to punish the Israelites for their rebellious grumblings, many of whom died from the poisonous bites (Nm 21:4–9). Recognizing their sin, they cried out to God for deliverance,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nehushtan (ni-hoosh´tuhn), the name of the bronze serpent destroyed during the religious reforms of King Hezekiah (715–687/6 bce; 2 Kings 18:4). It most likely stood in the temple court in Jerusalem for the people who assembled there. The account in Num. 21:8–9 states that its form was that of a “poisonous
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BRAZEN SERPENT. During the period of the wilderness wanderings, Israel murmured against the Lord. As a disciplinary measure, God sent “fiery serpents” among them (Num 21:5–9). Probably these were cobras, whose bite produced a burning fever. When the stricken people imploringly turned to Moses, he at
SERPENT, FIERY. During Israel’s fortieth year in the wilderness, they journeyed toward the Promised Land in the barren Arabah (between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, Akaba). When they complained about the food and water, God sent a plague of fiery serpents so that many Israelites died (Num 21:8; Deut
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
SERPENT, BRONZE. On the borders of Edom, rebellious Israel suffered deadly snakebite as a punishment and begged Moses to intercede with God for them, to save them from the serpents. God then commanded Moses to make a bronze figure of a serpent and set it up on a pole, so that anyone bitten by a serpent
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bronze Serpent. When at the end of their wilderness wanderings the Israelites became impatient about their daily provisions and complained to Moses and the Lord (Num. 21:5), the Lord punished them by sending fiery serpents by whose poisonous bites many died (v. 6). Listening to their request, and at
Nehushtan [nə hŏoshˊtən] (Heb. neḥuštān “made of copper”). The bronze serpent destroyed during Hezekiah’s reform (2 Kgs. 18:4). It had been fashioned by Moses at Yahweh’s command, in response to a plague of fiery serpents sent upon the Israelites as punishment for their impatience during the wilderness
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BRONZE SERPENT A bronze image, made to look like a serpent, constructed by Moses at the command of God. According to Num 21:4–9, the bronze image was hoisted up on a tree, and when those who were bitten by fiery serpents in the desert looked at the bronze serpent they were cured. The serpent became a