Cloud with God’s Glory
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A manifestation of God’s personal presence which took the form of a cloud. This cloud usually appears in Old Testament depictions of the tabernacle and temple (e.g., Exod 40:38; Num 9:15; 1 Kgs 8:10–11). For further information on visible appearances of God, see this article: Theophany.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
ShekinahTransliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “the one who dwells” or “that which dwells.” The term enters Christian theology from its use in the Targums and rabbinic literature to describe the immanent presence in the world of the transcendent Deity. Although the word is not itself used in either
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Shekinah shə-kīʹnə [Heb. šeḵînâ—‘dwelling’]. A circum-locution used in rabbinic literature to signify God’s presence. In reaction to Hellenism and paganism, Judaism attempted on the one hand to preserve the biblical notion of God’s presence while on the other hand emphasizing the vast gulf between
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
SHEKINAH* Transliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “the one who dwells” or “that which dwells.” The term enters Christian theology from its use in the Targums and rabbinic literature to describe the immanent presence in the world of the transcendent Deity. Although the word is not itself used in either
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
SHEKINAH. The Shekinah (Heb. šeḵinâ), the radiance, glory or presence of God dwelling in the midst of his people, is used by Targumist and Rabbi to signify God himself, for legal Judaism dislikes ascribing form or emotion to deity. Nevertheless the God conceived in purified human terms inspired the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ShekinahA Hebrew term (šĕḵɩ̂nâ) in the Targums and rabbinic literature which reverently expresses the divine Presence. It is derived from Heb. škn, “to dwell, abide, settle down.” The term does not appear in the OT or NT. The historical background for the correlation of Shekinah (“that which dwells”)
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Shekinah (Heb. שְׁכִינָה, ‘dwelling’). The word (not found in the OT) is used by the Jews of God’s visible Presence, conceived as ‘dwelling’ among men. The *Rabbis often employed it as one of the circumlocutions for the name of ‘God’ in cases where it was desired to avoid *anthropomorphism. Hence in
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Shechi´nah (dwelling). This term is not found in the Bible. It was used by the later Jews, and borrowed by Christians from them, to express the visible majesty of the divine Presence, especially when resting or dwelling between the cherubim on the mercy-seat in the tabernacle and in the temple of Solomon,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
SHEKI´NAH (shek-īʹna; Aram. and late Heb. shkı̄nāh, “residence,” i.e., of God). A word not in Scripture but used by later Jews and by Christians to express the visible divine Presence, especially when resting between the cherubim over the Mercy Seat. See discussion of the Ark, in the article Tabernacle.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
ShekinahShekinah (she-kīʹnuh), a Hebrew word from the root ‘to dwell’ that is translated as the ‘Presence’ of God. God’s Shekinah is not a being or reality separate from God (despite the positions of Philo [late first century b.c. to first century a.d.] and Maimonides [a.d. 1135-1204]) but a title
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SHEKINAH [shuh KIGH nuh] (dwelling) — a visible manifestation of the presence of God (also spelled Shechinah and Shekhinah). Although the word is not found in the Bible, it occurs frequently in later Jewish writings. It refers to the instances when God showed Himself visibly, as, for example, on Mount