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Champion
Champions
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Champion
Champion [Heb. ’îš-habbēnayim] (1 S. 17:4, 23); [gibbôr] (v 51); NEB HERO. In 1 S. 17:4, 23 this unusual expression occurs in the description of Goliath. It means literally “the man of the two spaces,” and describes the warrior who fought another warrior in hand-to-hand combat in the no-man’s-land
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Champion
CHAMPION. In 1 Sam 17:51 gibbōr, rendered “champion,” means “hero,” “mighty man.” In 1 Sam 17:4, 23, “champion” is a good translation of the Heb. word meaning “man of the middle places,” i.e., the man who stands between two armies to decide the case of one against the other.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Champions
ChampionsTranslation of Heb. gibbôr, “hero,” or gibbôr hayɩ̂l, “valiant hero” (RSV awkwardly “mighty man,” “mighty man of valor”). In the age of melee combat between massed bodies of infantry, before the onset of massed heavy chariotry, individuals of larger stature and greater martial prowess could
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Champion
CHAMPION (Heb. gibbôr, 1 Sam. 17:51; elsewhere “mighty man”). The Heb. phrase, rendered “champion” in 17:4, 23, literally is a “man between the two,” a go-between, a challenger. So Goliath went between the armies of the Hebrews and Philistines, as the champion of the latter.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Champion
Champion(1 Sam. 17:4, 23), properly “the man between the two,” denoting the position of Goliath between the two camps. Single combats of this kind at the head of armies were common in ancient times. In ver. 51 this word is the rendering of a different Hebrew word, and properly denotes “a mighty man.”
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Champion
CHAMPION (go-between) — a word used to describe the Philistine giant Goliath (1 Sam. 17:4, 23, 51).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHAMPION
CHAMPION<cham’-pi-un> (אִישׁ־הַבֵּנַיִם‎ [’ish habenayim]): In 1 Samuel 17:4, 23 this unusual expression occurs in the description of Goliath. It means literally “the man of the two spaces,” “spaces,” or “space between,” and is perhaps to be explained by the fact that there was a brook flowing
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Champion
Chamʹpi-on, a single combatant of trusted bravery. Goliath, who challenged the army of Israel to select their most noted warrior to meet him in single combat, was such a champion (1 Sam. 17:4). In this instance David became the successful champion of Israel, and struck the Philistines with panic and
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Champion
CHAMPION Hebrew phrase in 1 Sam. 17:4, 23 is literally “the man of the space between”—that is the man (like Goliath) who fights a single opponent in the space between two armies. The Hebrew word translated “champion” in 1 Sam. 17:51 is a different word meaning “mighty one, warrior.”
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Champion
champion. A word used in English Bibles to render the Hebrew phrase ʾîš-habbēnayim, which means literally, “the man of the middle”; it is used with reference to Goliath, who fought David between the two armies that watched (1 Sam. 17:4, 23; the NRSV also uses it to render gibbôr H1475 in v. 51, where
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Champion
CHAMPION, chamʹpi-un (אִישׁ־הַבֵּנַיִם‎, ’īsh habēnayim): In 1 S 17:4, 23 this unusual expression occurs in the description of Goliath. It means lit. “the man of the two spaces,” “spaces,” or “space between,” and is perhaps to be explained by the fact that there was a brook flowing through the valley
Key passages
1 Sa 17:1–58

The Philistines gathered their camps for battle and they were gathered at Socoh which belongs to Judah. They camped between Socoh and Azekah in Ephes Dammim. Then Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and encamped in the valley of Elah, and they formed …