The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Creature The word “creature,” as it occurs in the NT, often translates the Gk. ktísis or ktísma, from the verb ktīzō, “create.” In the book of Revelation “creature” generally renders zó̄on (see Creature, Living). In the OT it stands for words that have in the original no reference to creation,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
creatures, animate beings, whose existence is dependent upon God (Gen. 1:20–24; Ps. 104:24; Rev. 5:13). In the Bible, the term “creatures” usually refers to animals commonly found on the earth, wild or domestic beasts plus, sometimes, birds and/or fish. Occasionally, prophets have visions of fantastic,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CREATURE(S)In Heb. a creature, nepesh, is any living being (Gen 1:21, 24; 2:19), even as God breathed “the breath of life” into man and he became a living “soul” (nepesh, Gen 2:7). The English word is also used to refer to all created animate beings both human and animal in the total creation (Gen 2:19,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CREATURES. Tr. of ḥayyâ and nep̱eš ḥayyâ in OT, zōon, ktisma and sometimes ktisis in NT, emphasizing mainly the aspect of being alive rather than createdness.The term embraces ‘all flesh that is upon the earth’ (Gn. 9:16) which is under the all-seeing eye of God (Heb. 4:13) and within the scope
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CREATURE (Heb. nepesh, a “breathing” creature; Gk. ktisis, a “making,” “thing made”; ktisma, “formation”).1. In the OT “creature” is a general term for any animal (Gen. 1:21, 24, etc.).2. In the NT, the NASB renders “creation”; it is used as: (1) A term for the whole creation or for any created object,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Creaturedenotes the whole creation in Rom. 8:39; Col. 1:15; Rev. 5:13; the whole human race in Mark 16:15; Rom. 8:19–22.The living creatures in Ezek. 10:15, 17, are imaginary beings, symbols of the Divine attributes and operations.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Creaturecreature, any animate being whose existence is dependent upon God (see Gen. 1:20, 24; Ps. 104:24; Rev. 5:13). Despite some translations of 2 Cor. 5:17, Paul’s reference there is probably to ‘a new creation’ inclusively, not specifically to ‘a new creature.’ See also Creation; Life; Soul.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CREATURE — any created being, humans included, brought into existence as a result of God’s power and authority. The Bible declares that the Redeemer God is the sovereign Creator of all things. Through His might and power He brought the universe into existence (Gen. 1:3–24; Ps. 33:6; Heb. 11:3). Therefore,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CREATURE<kre’-tur>: The word “creature,” as it occurs in the New Testament, is the translation and also the exact English equivalent of the Greek [κτίσις, ktisis], or [κτίσμα, ktisma], from [κτίζω, ktizo], “to create.” In the Old Testament, on the other hand, it stands for words which have in
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CREATURE Something having life, either animal or human. The phrase used in the Hebrew Bible nephesh chayah is translated by “creature,” “living [thing, soul],” and “beast.” In Gen. 2:7 it is used of mankind and translated “living soul.” In all of the other references the phrase applies solely to animals.
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Fantasy Creature
Fantasy CreatureTerm and concept with multiple meanings:• mental image, accompanied by delusional and hallucinatory thought; illusion; bizarre, confused, and paranoid ideation (Plutarch’s pathos; see M. Smith, SCHNT 3, ed. H. D. Betz [Leiden, 1975], 1–35);• grotesque image (e.g., paradoxography in
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
CREATURE, krēʹt̮ū̇r: The word “creature,” as it occurs in the NT, is the tr and also the exact Eng. equivalent of the Gr κτίσις, ktísis, or κτίσμα, ktísma, from κτίζω, ktízō, “to create.” In the OT, on the other hand, it stands for words which have in the original no reference to creation, but which
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