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Elder in the OT
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Elder in the OT;Elder
Elder in the OT [Heb. zāqēn—‘beard’; cf. Akk. ziqnu; Ugar. dqn; etc.]; AV also ANCIENT. An elderly person; also, an authority, or a person with judicial office. It is commonly accepted that the origin of this latter meaning is to be sought in the ancient patriarchal family institution of the Hebrews.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ELDER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
ELDER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT<el’-der>, ([זָקֵן‎, zaqen]): Among primitive peoples authority seems naturally to be invested in those who by virtue of greater age and, consequently, experience are best fitted to govern thus Iliad iii.149. Later the idea of age became merged in that of dignity (Il. ii.404,
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Elder (OT)
elder (OT). In Israel, the elders (Heb. zāqēn H2418, from the word for “beard,” zāqān H2417) were adult men who gathered in popular assembly, or as a kind of council in every village. They also served as local rulers. Usually they were the heads of families, but probably were selected also on the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Elder, in the OT
ELDER, elʹ-dẽr, IN THE OT (זָקֵן‎, zāḳēn): Among primitive peoples authority seems naturally to be invested in those who by virtue of greater age and, consequently, experience are best fitted to govern: thus Iliad iii.149. Later the idea of age became merged in that of dignity (Il. ii.404, ii.570; Odyssey
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ELDER IN THE OT
ELDER IN THE OT [זָקֵןzaqen]. The Hebrew term for “elder” (zaqen) derives from the word for “beard” (zaqan זָקָן). The OT writers use it more than 130 times. In a few passages it merely denotes persons of advanced years (Lev 19:32; Ezek 9:6; Joel 2:16; 2:28), but it more typically designates traditional