Uncertainty about the truth and reality of spiritual things.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Doubt [Heb. ṭārōp̱ ṭōrap̱] (“without doubt [torn to pieces],” Gen. 37:33); omitted in NEB; [tālā’] (Dt. 28:66); NEB SUSPENSE; [’omnām] (“no doubt,” Job 12:2); [Gk. distázō] (Mt. 14:31; 28:17); NEB BE DOUBTFUL, HESITATE; [diakrínō] (Mt. 21:21; Mk. 11:23; Rom. 14:23; Jas. 1:6; Jude 22); AV
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DOUBT. Doubt is that undecided state of mind in which one hesitates between two opposite conclusions. The doubter may have some degree of belief while he wavers in his opinions. Such was Peter, called by the Lord Jesus a man of little faith after he began to sink beneath the waves (Mt 14:31); also some
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DOUBT. That state of mind that hesitates between two contradictory conclusions. It may have some degree of belief, checked by a consciousness of ignorance. In this case it is provisional, waiting for more light. The NT gives several instances of this as worthy to be reasoned with.Absolute disbelief
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DOUBT<dout>: This word, found only a score of times in the Bible, translates nevertheless about half as many different Hebrew and Greek originals with a corresponding variety of meanings.In Genesis 37:33 “without doubt” is to be taken in the common sense of “certainly”; in Job 12:2 in the sarcastic
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
DOUBTIn Lat. dubitare, from duo ‘two’ and bito ‘go’; Germ. Zweifeln, Zweifel; from zwei, ‘two’; Mid. Eng. douten, ‘to doubt,’ had the meaning of to fear (‘I doubt some foul play’ [Shakspeare], ‘nor slack her threatful hand for danger’s doubt’ [Spenser]), and this meaning, perhaps, survives in such expressions
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Doubt. Just as belief may be propositional or personal, so one may doubt propositions or persons and objects. Regarding propositions, doubt is called a propositional attitude—that is, a particular intellectual stance. Such propositions may concern religious or nonreligious entities; regardless, doubt
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
DOUBT, dout: This word, found only a score of times in the Bible, translates nevertheless about half as many different Heb and Gr originals with a corresponding variety of meanings.In Gen 37:33 “without doubt” is to be taken in the common sense of “certainly”; in Job 12:2 in the sarcastic sense of “indeed!”
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DOUBT [διακρίνεσθαι diakrinesthai, διστάζω distazō]. Doubt as a correlative of faith is characteristic of the NT, signifying not just disbelief but also partial faith. Prayer must be accompanied by unwavering faith (Jas 1:6), the opposite of being double-minded (dipsychos [δίψυχος]; 1:8). If Abraham
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
DOUBTWhile there are many categories that explain the concept of doubt, one of the recognizable forms was expressed by René *Descartes. For Descartes, to move forward in knowledge and understanding was to move from doubt to certainty, so his first principle of knowledge was to begin in doubt. By employing
Key passages
Ps 78:18–22

And they tested God in their heart by asking food for their craving. And they spoke against God. They said, “Is God able to prepare a table in the wilderness? Yes, he struck the rock and water flowed and streams gushed out, but can he also give food or provide meat for his people?” …

Mt 14:30–31

But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus extended his hand and caught him and said to him, “You of little faith! Why did you doubt?”

Mt 28:16–17

So the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated for them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.

Jn 20:24–29

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and put my finger into the mark of the …

Jas 1:6–8

But let him ask for it in faith, without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed about. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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Ge 3:1–24; Ge 12:10–20; Ge 15:1–18:15; Ge 19:12–20:18; Ex 3:1–4:17; Ex 5:1–6:13; Ex 6:28–7:7; Ex 14:1–31; Nu 11:16–30; Nu 13:1–14:25; Nu 20:1–13; Dt 1:19–33; Dt 9:1–29; Jdg 6:11–27; Jdg 6:36–40; 1 Sa 16:1–13; 1 Sa 17:1–16; 1 Sa 27:1–28:2; 1 Ki 18:1–19; 1 Ki 19:1–18; 2 Ki 4:8–37; 2 Ki 5:1–19; 2 Ki 6:24–7:2; 2 Ki 13:14–21; Job 4:1–21; Job 9:1–35; Job 21:1–34; Job 30:1–31; Ps 22:1–31; Ps 31:1–24; Ps 35:1–28; Ps 42:1–11; Ps 49:1–20; Ps 73:1–28; Ps 77:1–20; Ps 78:1–55; Ps 115:1–18; Is 7:1–25; Is 22:1–14; Is 28:1–22; Is 30:1–17; Is 31:1–3; Is 40:1–31; Is 49:14–50:11; Is 65:1–16; Je 1:4–19; Je 12:1–4; Je 15:10–18; Je 43:1–13; Je 45:1–5; La 3:1–21; Mic 7:8–13; Hab 1:2–11; Mal 3:13–15; Mt 8:23–27; Mt 11:2–15; Mt 12:22–30; Mt 13:54–58; Mt 14:13–33; Mt 16:5–12; Mt 17:14–21; Mt 19:16–26; Mt 21:18–22; Mt 21:28–32; Mt 28:16–17; Mk 4:35–41; Mk 6:1–6; Mk 6:32–44; Mk 8:1–13; Mk 9:14–29; Mk 11:20–24; Mk 16:9–18; Lk 1:18–25; Lk 7:17–23; Lk 7:31–35; Lk 8:22–25; Lk 9:12–17; Lk 9:37–42; Lk 11:15–32; Lk 24:1–43; Jn 1:9–11; Jn 1:43–51; Jn 3:1–21; Jn 5:37–6:14; Jn 6:22–40; Jn 6:60–66; Jn 7:1–9; Jn 8:31–59; Jn 9:13–23; Jn 10:22–42; Jn 11:38–44; Jn 12:37–43; Jn 14:8–21; Jn 15:26–16:15; Jn 20:19–25; Ac 2:5–13; Ac 9:10–19; Ac 9:26–30; Ac 12:5–19; Ac 13:42–14:7; Ac 17:5–9; Ac 19:1–10; Ac 26:24–32; Ac 28:17–31; Ro 4:13–25; Ro 10:14–21; Ro 11:11–36; Ro 14:14–23; Ro 15:22–33; 2 Co 4:1–6; 2 Co 13:1–6; 2 Th 2:1–12; 1 Ti 1:12–17; Heb 3:7–19; Jas 1:2–8; 1 Pe 2:4–10; 2 Pe 3:1–9; 1 Jn 5:6–13; Jud 5–11; Jud 20–23;
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