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Cave
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cave
Cave [Heb. me’ārâ] (Gen. 19:30; 23:9ff; Josh. 10:16ff; Jgs. 6:2; 1 S. 13:6; 22:1; 1 K. 18:4, 13; 19:9, 13; 1 Ch. 11:15; Ezk. 33:27; etc.); [mir’eh] (Nah. 2:11); AV FEEDING-PLACE; [meḥillâ (Isa. 2:19); [ḥōr] (Nah. 2:12); AV HOLE; NEB LAIR; [Gk. spḗlaion] (Jn. 11:38; Rev. 6:15); AV also DEN;
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Cave
cave. Two Hebrew terms designate a cave, me‘arah and khor; the latter term literally means “hole,” but is also translated “cavern.” Natural caves are abundant in the Near East due to the presence of chalk, limestone, and sandstone formations in the hills and mountains. Because of the soft qualities of
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Cave
Numerous caves dot the cliffs at Qumran. HFVCAVE. The soft limestone hills of Palestine are marked by innumerable artificial and natural caves. During prehistoric times many of the caves were used for human shelter, as shown by the artifacts discovered in them. Later, Lot and his daughters occupied
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Cave
CAVE. Except in Jb. 30:6, where ḥôr, ‘hole’, is used, the Heb. word usually rendered ‘cave’ is me‘ārâ. Natural caves are no rarity in Palestine, as nearly all the hill-country of Palestine W of the Jordan (except a basalt outcrop in S Galilee) is of limestone and chalk. Such caves were used as dwellings,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Cave
CaveA natural hollow on the side of a hill. Early humans used caves for shelter, protection, and residence, and some of the earliest expressions of human art have been found in caves, such as in France and Spain. Caves have also had mythological associations, symbolically representing the realms of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cave
Cave. †An opening to the underground caused by water dissolving carbonic acid and lime. In Palestine such openings occurred frequently in the many limestone and sandstone hills.In biblical times caves (usually Heb. me˓ārâ) had various uses. They served as dwelling places; Lot and his two daughters
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Cave
CAVE Caves served several purposes in biblical times, providing shelter, refuge, and also a place for the burial of the dead. Natural formations of limestone and sandstone in Palestine provided a wide variety of caves. Caves used as shelter or a hideout are mentioned frequently in the Old Testament (Gen
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cave
Cave. The most remarkable caves noticed in Scripture are, that in which Lot dwelt after the destruction of Sodom, Gen. 19:30; the cave of Machpelah, Gen. 23:17; cave of Makkedah, Josh. 10:10; cave of Adullam, 1 Sam. 22:1; cave of Engedi, 1 Sam. 24:3; Obadiah’s cave, 1 Kings 18:4; Elijah’s cave in Horeb,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Cave
CAVE. The chalky limestone of which the rocks of Syria and Palestine chiefly consist presents, as in the case in all limestone formations, a vast number of caverns and natural fissures, many of which have also been artificially enlarged and adapted to various purposes, both of shelter and defense. The
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Cave
CaveThere are numerous natural caves among the limestone rocks of Syria, many of which have been artificially enlarged for various purposes.The first notice of a cave occurs in the history of Lot (Gen. 19:30).The next we read of is the cave of Machpelah (q.v.), which Abraham purchased from the sons
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Cave
Cavecave, a natural opening in a hillside. There are two Hebrew terms designating a cave (meā‘rāh and ḥôr); the latter term literally means ‘hole’ but is also translated ‘cavern.’Natural caves are abundant in Syro-Palestine due to the presence of chalk, limestone, and sandstone formations in the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Cave
CAVE — a natural underground chamber open to the surface; a cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill or cliff. Because of the abundance of limestone in which caves easily form, the land of Israel has many caves.The principal caves mentioned in the Bible are: Machpelah, the burial place of Abraham
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