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Divine Assembly
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A term used by Hebrew Bible scholars for the heavenly host, the assembly of divine beings who administer the affairs of the cosmos under Yahweh, the God of Israel. All ancient Mediterranean cultures had some conception of a divine council, including Israel. However, Israelite religion’s divine council was distinct. The structure of the Israelite divine council has implications for understanding God and the unseen world in biblical theology.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Divine Council
Divine Council A term used by Hebrew Bible scholars for the heavenly host, the assembly of divine beings who administer the affairs of the cosmos under Yahweh, the God of Israel. All ancient Mediterranean cultures had some conception of a divine council, including Israel. However, Israelite religion’s
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Divine Assembly
DIVINE ASSEMBLY. Common to the mythopoeic world of the ANE was the idea of a council or assembly of the gods that met to determine the fates of the cosmos. Depictions of such divine gatherings are found in the religious and mythological literatures of Mesopotamia, Ugarit, Phoenicia, and Israel. Though
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Assembly, Divine
Assembly, DivineThe Bible presents us with an earthly world and a heavenly world, two interconnected-and sometimes indistinguishable-stages on which the biblical drama takes place. The view of the heavenly world focuses primarily on the divine throne room and related elements of divine royalty. This
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Council, Heavenly
COUNCIL, HEAVENLY A meeting of God and the heavenly hosts which points to God’s role as King of the universe. Some scholars have proposed an analogy with Mesopotamian and Canaanite myths about meetings of the pantheon of gods to decide the fate of the cosmos. For example, angels are depicted as presenting
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
Divine Council
DIVINE COUNCILThe term divine council is used broadly by Hebrew Bible scholars to refer to the “heavenly host,” the pantheon of divine beings who administer the affairs of the cosmos (Handy; Mullen 1980; ABD 2:214–17). All ancient Mediterranean cultures had some conception of a divine council. The Hebrew
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Divine Council
DIVINE COUNCILThe term divine council is used by Hebrew and Semitics scholars to refer to the heavenly host, the pantheon of divine beings who administer the affairs of the cosmos. All ancient Mediterranean cultures had some conception of a divine council. The divine council of Israelite religion, known
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
Assembly of Divines
Assembly of DivinesThe Assembly of Divines (1643–1653) was a gathering of theologians summoned by the revolutionary English “Long Parliament” during a turbulent decade of wars against King Charles I. The assembly was tasked by the rebel parliament with guiding its two houses in a reform of the English
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DIVINE ASSEMBLY
DIVINE ASSEMBLY. In the ANE, a common metaphor for describing the world of the divine was the “divine assembly” or “divine council.” These descriptions of gods and goddesses gathered together under the leadership of a senior deity were derived, in all probability, from the activities of the royal court.
Key passages
Ps 82:title–1

A psalm of Asaph. God stands in the divine assembly; he administers judgment in the midst of the gods.