Doors • Entryway • Narrow Gate
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Door [Heb. peṯaḥ] (Gen. 4:7; Ex. 12:22; Prov. 5:8; Cant. 7:13; etc.); AV also ENTRANCE, GATE; NEB also ENTRANCE, OPENING, GATEWAY, DOORWAY, GATE, etc.; [deleṯ] (Gen. 19:6; Dt. 15:17; 1 K. 6:34; etc.); AV, NEB, also GATE; [dal] (Ps. 141:3); [ša‘ar] (Neh. 13:19; Ezk. 40:38); AV GATE; NEB GATE, OPENING;
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
doors. Biblical references to doors are both literal and symbolic. In a literal sense, the Bible refers not only to doors to houses, but also to tents, buildings, and parts of buildings. Applied to tents and to the tabernacle in the wilderness, the English word is slightly misused, referring to a flap
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DOOR. Referred to many times in the Bible. In KJV it translates seven Heb. and one Gr. word. Two Heb. terms are used frequently: delet, referring to the door itself, and petah, a doorway or entrance. “Door” is used both literally and figuratively.Literal usage (e.g., Gen 19:6, 9; 2 Kgs 9:10). Doors
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
DoorAn opening (Heb. peṯaḥ) used to gain entrance into various buildings or cities, accompanied by a stone or wooden lintel, side posts, and threshold.Blood was sprinkled on the side posts during the first Passover (Exod. 12:7, 22–23). A slave’s ear was pierced against the door when he chose to remain
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Door (Heb. deleṯ, peṯaḥ; Gk. thýra).† Basically, that opening which serves as an entrance to a dwelling or other structure. In the tents of the Israelite patriarchs and other transhumants the doorway (Heb. peṯaḥ “opening”; Gk. thýra, Matt. 27:60) was closed off by a flap of coarse cloth
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DOOR. As the opening for entering and leaving, it is an essential part of a tent or house.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Doorsmoved on pivots of wood fastened in sockets above and below (Prov. 26:14). They were fastened by a lock (Judg. 3:23, 25; Cant. 5:5) or by a bar (Judg. 16:3; Job 38:10). In the interior of Oriental houses, curtains were frequently used instead of doors.The entrances of the tabernacle had curtains
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Doorsdoors, floor-level breaches in a wall with openable barriers. The biblical use of the term is both literal and symbolic, with shrine doors used in both ways.Among the literal uses, one finds doors to houses (Gen. 19:6), which could be broken in during assault (Gen. 19:9); doors used for signs
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DOOR — the covering over an entrance into a tent (Gen. 18:1), a permanent house (Judg. 19:22), or a public building (Ezek. 47:1). The doors of Bible times were made of a wide variety of material, ranging from animal hides to wood and metal. Doors are also spoken of symbolically in the Bible. In speaking
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
DoorDoors and doorways are places of transition. We move through them to the outside or into another room to greet new people; we close doors and find quiet and solitude. The door is an important symbol for the biblical writers. The doorway, gate, portal or entryway is often associated with entrance
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DOOR<dor>: Most commonly the rendering of Hebrew pethach, “doorway,” deleth, “door” proper (the two distinguished in Genesis 19:6), or of Greek [θύρα, thura], which represents both meanings. The door proper was usually of wood, frequently sheeted with metal, sometimes of one slab of stone, as
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
DOOR (θύρα, cf. θυρωρός, ‘doorkeeper,’ ‘porter’).—The word ‘door’ is frequently found in the Gospels, sometimes in the literal, often in the figurative sense.1. We need, first, to get clearly in mind the meaning of the term in Oriental usage. By ‘door’ is usually meant the outside or entrance ‘doorway,’
Key passages
Jn 10:7–9

Then Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All those who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep do not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and will go out and will find pasture. …

2 Co 2:12

Now when I arrived in Troas for the gospel of Christ and a door was opened for me by the Lord,

Re 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, indeed I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.

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