Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Large trees indigenous to Lebanon. Their wood was considered very valuable (e.g., 1 Kgs 10:27). Cedars were used to build the temple in Jerusalem (1 Kgs 5:6, 8), as well as the palaces of David and Solomon (2 Sam 5:11; 1 Kgs 7:2).
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
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cedar (Cedrus libani), a tree mentioned frequently in the Bible. It is a deep-rooted coniferous tree found in the Middle East, especially Lebanon, where its distinctive pyramidal image adorns the modern flag of that country. The cedar lives to a great age (up to two thousand years), therefore attaining
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
CedarThe celebrated cedars of Lebanon are large, coniferous, evergreen mountain trees (Cedrus libani Loud). These cedars (Heb. ʾerez) were aptly named, as they did not grow in Israel. As young trees, cedars are cone-shaped, but as they age, the branches spread and flatten. Cedars of Lebanon grow up
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cedar. The cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus Libani Loud.) that once graced the Lebanon mountains with magnificent forests is a member of the genus Coniferae. The tree can reach a height of about 24–30 m. (80–100 ft.). Its branches start near the ground and grow straight out as the tree grows older, forming
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CEDAR Cedar was used as a building material by the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Israelites. The Cedar of Lebanon was one of the most precious of all woods in the ancient world. It was strong and straight, and therefore was much sought after for temples and palaces, as well as the masts of ships.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cedar. The Hebrew word erez, invariably rendered “cedar” by the Authorized Version, stands for that tree in most of the passages where the word occurs. While the word is sometimes used in a wider sense, Lev. 14:6, for evergreen cone-bearing trees, generally the cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is intended.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Cedar—(Heb. eʾrez, Gr. kedros, Lat. cedrus), a tree very frequently mentioned in Scripture. It was stately (Ezek. 31:3–5), long-branched (Ps. 80:10; 92:12; Ezek. 31:6–9), odoriferous (Cant. 4:11; Hos. 14:6), durable, and therefore much used for boards, pillars, and ceilings (1 Kings 6:9, 10; 7:2; Jer.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Cedarcedar (Cedrus libani; Heb. ’ereṣ), a tree mentioned frequently in the Bible. It is a magnificent deep-rooted coniferous tree of the Holy Land, especially Lebanon, where its distinctive pyramidal image adorns the modern flag of that country. The cedar lives to a great age, as many as two thousand
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CEDAR<se’-dar>, <se’-der> (אֶרֵז [’erez], from Hebrew root meaning “to be firm”; [κέδρος, kedros]): The [’erez] was in almost all the Old Testament references the true cedar, Cedrus libani, but the name may have been applied in a loose way to allied trees, such as junipers and pines. In Numbers