The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DEN. A number of Heb. and Gr. terms are translated “den,” “cave,” “pit,” “cleft,” “covert,” or “booth.” In the limestone mountains of Palestine are many dens or caves large and small. Even on the plains there are numerous pits or “lime sinks” which were sometimes used by the Arabs to store straw or grain.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Den (Heb. mā˓ôn; Gk. spḗlaion). A hollow or cavern, frequently used as an animals’ lair (Job 37:8; Ps. 104:22) or a hiding place for persons (Judg. 15:8ff.; 2 Sam. 17:9; Job 30:6). The terrain in and around Palestine, particularly in the mountains (Judg. 6:2), is marked by caves and hollows created
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DEN. The rendering of one Gk. and several Heb. words, meaning a lair of wild beasts (Job 37:8; Pss. 104:22; 10:9; where it is rendered “lair” or “cover” [NIV]); a hole of a venomous reptile (Isa. 11:8); a fissure in the rocks, caves used for hiding (Judg. 6:2; “holes in the ground,” Heb. 11:38, NASB;
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dena lair of wild beasts (Ps. 10:9; 104:22; Job 37:8); the hole of a venomous reptile (Isa. 11:8); a recess for secrecy “in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb. 11:38); a resort of thieves (Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17). Daniel was cast into “the den of lions” (Dan. 6:16, 17). Some recent discoveries among
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DEN — the lair of a wild animal (Job 37:8). The prophet Daniel was cast into a den of lions (Dan. 6:7–24).
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
DenThe two dozen biblical references to dens evoke an image different from that of the cave, which is usually a dwelling or hiding place for people. Dens are primarily lairs (homes) or hiding places of animals. They are chiefly linked in the Bible with lions (approximately a dozen references) but sometimes
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DEN([מָעוֹן‎, màon], [מְעוֹנָה‎, mèonah], “habitation”; [מְעָרָה‎, mèarah], and [σπήλαιον, spelaion], “cave”; [מְאוּרָה‎, me’urah] (Isaiah 11:8), “a light-hole,” from [אוֹר‎, ’or], “light,” perhaps for me`arah; [סךְ‎, cokh] (Psalm 10:9 the King James Version), and [סֻכָּה‎, cukkah] (Job 38:40),
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
DEN (Mt 21:13 = Mk 11:17 = Lk 19:46 σπήλαιον [λῃστῶν]; elsewhere in the Gospels only Jn 11:38 to describe the tomb of Lazarus, ἧν δὲ σπήλαιον).—In estimating the meaning of our Lord’s declaration that the Temple had been made a den or cave of robbers, the immediate occasion of the words must be
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
DEN (מָעו̇ן‎, māʽōn, מְעו̇נָה‎, me‛ōnāh, “habitation”; מְעָרָה‎, me‛ārāh, and σπήλαιον, splḗlaion, “cave”; מְאוּרָה‎, meʾūrāh [Isa 11:8], “a light-hole,” fr או̇ר‎, ’ōr, “light,” perhaps for me‛ārāh; סֹךְ‎, ṣōkh [Ps 10:9 AV], and סֻכָּה‎, ṣukkāh [Job 38:40], “a covert,” elsewhere “booth”; אֶרֶב‎,
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