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Chasm
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gulf
Gulf The AV rendering (RSV, NEB, “chasm”) of Gk. chásma (< chaínō, “gape, yawn”), which occurs only in Lk. 16:26, “between us and you a great chasm has been fixed” (cf. “far off” in v 23). This is very different from, though it probably reflects, the rabbinic conception of the separation between
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gulf
GULF. A translating of Gr. chasma, RSV “chasm,” in Lk 16:26; a deep cleft separating two places. The Lord Jesus Christ lends His authority to the concept that a vast chasm has been fixed by an irrevocable decree between paradise (“Abraham’s bosom,” q.v.) and hades, in order that persons in the next life
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Gulf
GULF (Gk. chasma, ‘chasm’ (rsv), from chainō, ‘to gape’ or ‘yawn’). Found only in the parable of Lazarus and Dives (Lk. 16:19–31, av), this word is sometimes connected with an ill-defined rabbinical belief that the souls of righteous and wicked exist after death in different compartments of Hades (see
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Chasm
CHASM (Gk. chasma). An impassable space such as is said to exist between “Abraham’s bosom” and the lost rich man in one of Jesus’ parables (Luke 16:26).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gulf
GULF — a deep gap or cleft separating two places. Jesus told about a rich man (traditionally called Dives, meaning “rich”) and a beggar (Lazarus)—one in heaven and one in hell—who were separated by a great gulf (Luke 16:26; chasm, NASB, NIV, NRSV; gulf, REB).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GULF
GULF([χάσμα, chasma], “a chasm,” “vent,” “a gaping opening” — a great interval; from [χαίνω, chaino], “to gape” or “yawn”): Occurs only in Lk 16:26, “Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed” (compare “afar off” in 16:23). This is very different from, though it probably reflects,
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Gulf
GULF (χάσμα, from χαίνω, to yawn, gape, open wide, Lk 16:26 only. Chasma (shortened, chasm) is the exact transliteration of the Greek, but this word, in general use, is later than the AV. Tindale has ‘a great space,’ and the Geneva VS ‘a great gulfe,’ with ‘swallowing pit’ in the margin).—It is interesting
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gulf
GULF Term used by the KJV and REB for the gorge or pit (HCSB, chasm) separating the rich man’s place of torment from Lazarus’ place of comfort in the presence of Abraham (Luke 16:26).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Gulf
GULF (χάσμα, chásma, “a chasm,” “vent,” “a gaping opening”—a great interval; from χαίνω, chaínō, “to gape” or “yawn”): Occurs only in Lk 16:26, “Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed” (cf “afar off” in ver 23). This is very different from, though it probably reflects, the rabbinical conception
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHASM
CHASM [χάσμα, chasma]. In Luke’s parable of the rich man and LAZARUS, the rich man has his fortunes reversed because he failed to heed Moses and the prophets. He is forced to dwell in HADES, separated by the chasm from reward in ABRAHAM’S BOSOM (Luke 16:19–31). The image of the chasm as a place of punishment
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