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Election
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
God’s choice of a person or people group for a specific purpose, mission, or salvation. The theme of election is prominent in both the Old and New Testaments. The doctrine of election traditionally is related to the concepts of predestination, foreknowledge, and free will.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Election
Election (בָּחַר‎, bachar; בָּחִיר‎, bachir; ἐκλέγομαι, eklegomai; ἐκλεκτός, eklektos; ἐκλογή, eklogē). God’s choice of a person or people group for a specific purpose, mission, or salvation. The theme of election is prominent in both the Old and New Testaments. The doctrine of election traditionally is
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Election
ELECTION. This term is used in biblical and theological discourse to refer to the idea that God chooses a people or individuals to belong to him in a unique way.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Election
Elect, Election. In modern English, terms referring to the selection of a leader or representative by a group of people. An element of choice is involved, since usually there are several candidates out of whom one must be chosen.When the verb “elect” is used theologically in the Bible, it usually has
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Election
Election [Heb. bāḥar—‘choose’; Gk. eklogḗ—‘chosen’]. In both the OT and NT, a divine choosing of man, individually or corporately, either to salvation and eternal life, or to a special office or work. The term “the elect” in both Testaments applies mainly to God’s elect people, chosen unto eternal
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Elect, Election
ELECT, ELECTION In modern English, terms referring to the selection of a leader or representative by a group of people. An element of choice is involved, since usually there are several candidates out of whom one must be chosen.When the verb “elect” is used theologically in the Bible, it usually has
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Election
election, a theological term in the Bible used to convey divine selection or predetermined choice. Election is essentially a nt concept (the term does not appear in the Hebrew Bible), but it is based in part on a Christian reading of the ot (see esp. Rom. 9:10–12). In the Bible, God selects a people
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Election
ELECTIONIntroductionElection is the doctrine concerning God’s divine choice of some individuals out of all mankind to become His own through regeneration and salvation. Election has to be related to but distinguished from God’s decrees in general, predestination, foreordination and foreknowledge.Election,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Election
ELECTION. The act of choice whereby God picks an individual or group out of a larger company for a purpose or destiny of his own appointment. The main OT word for this is the verb bāḥar, which expresses the idea of deliberately selecting someone or something after carefully considering the alternatives
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Election
ElectionAlthough the terms “elect” and “election” do not appear with great frequency in most English translations, the range of terms associated with them indicate their importance in biblical theology. While election is associated also with such words as “call/calling,” “covenant,” “predestine,” “foreordain,”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Election
Election. †The choice of individuals or groups for a particular relationship or function.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Election
Election and predestinationThe closely related ideas of election and predestination are crucial elements in the theological structure of Paul’s thinking. If he nowhere develops them as themes, nor even frequently uses the words, that was because they were part of the very fabric of his thinking. When
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Election
ELECTION The principle of God’s deliberate and entirely gratuitous selection of a people, specifically the people of Israel, for the accomplishment of his plan in human history.
Key passages
Dt 7:6–8

For you are a holy people for Yahweh your God; Yahweh your God has chosen you to be for him a people, a treasured possession from among all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. “Yahweh loved you and chose you not because of your great number exceeding all other peoples, for you are …

Jn 15:16–17

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and your fruit should remain, in order that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. These things I command you: that you love one another.

Ro 9:6–13

But it is not as if the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are they all children because they are descendants of Abraham, but “In Isaac will your descendants be named.” That is, it is not the children by human descent who are children …

1 Co 1:26–31

For consider your calling, brothers, that not many were wise according to human standards, not many were powerful, not many were well born. But the foolish things of the world God chose in order that he might put to shame the wise, and the weak things of the world God chose in …

Eph 1:3–14

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love, …

1 Pe 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s possession, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,

See also
Ge 3:1–24; Ge 12:1–9; Ge 15:1–21; Ge 18:16–33; Ge 21:8–21; Ge 22:1–19; Ge 25:12–28; Ex 4:18–31; Ex 19:1–25; Ex 33:12–23; Nu 3:5–13; Nu 8:5–26; Nu 15:37–41; Nu 17:1–13; Dt 4:15–40; Dt 7:1–11; Dt 9:1–29; Dt 10:12–22; Dt 12:1–28; Dt 14:1–2; Dt 17:14–18:8; Dt 21:1–9; Dt 26:16–19; Dt 31:30–32:18; 1 Sa 10:17–27; 1 Sa 12:1–25; 1 Sa 16:1–13; 2 Sa 5:6–16; 2 Sa 7:18–29; 1 Ki 8:14–53; 1 Ki 11:26–40; 2 Ki 19:20–34; 1 Ch 15:1–29; 1 Ch 16:7–36; 1 Ch 17:1–27; 1 Ch 28:1–29:9; 2 Ch 6:3–11; 2 Ch 7:12–22; 2 Ch 12:13–16; 2 Ch 33:1–9; Ne 9:1–21; Ps 33:1–22; Ps 65:1–13; Ps 78:56–72; Ps 89:1–37; Ps 105:1–106:23; Ps 132:1–18; Ps 135:1–21; Is 14:1–2; Is 41:1–20; Is 42:1–9; Is 43:1–21; Is 44:1–5; Is 45:1–13; Is 48:12–49:13; Is 51:1–16; Is 65:1–25; Je 1:4–19; Je 27:1–22; Je 33:19–26; Je 43:1–13; Eze 20:1–32; Am 3:1–8; Hag 2:20–23; Zec 1:12–17; Zec 2:6–3:5; Mal 1:2–5; Mt 3:13–17; Mt 11:25–30; Mt 12:14–21; Mt 20:1–16; Mt 22:1–14; Mt 24:4–31; Mt 24:36–44; Mt 25:31–46; Mk 3:13–19; Mk 13:5–27; Lk 6:12–19; Lk 9:27–36; Lk 10:17–24; Lk 18:1–8; Lk 23:26–49; Jn 6:22–71; Jn 10:22–42; Jn 13:1–20; Jn 15:12–25; Jn 17:1–19; Ac 1:1–3; Ac 1:15–26; Ac 2:14–39; Ac 9:10–19; Ac 10:34–43; Ac 13:13–52; Ac 21:37–22:21; Ro 1:1–7; Ro 8:18–39; Ro 9:6–29; Ro 11:1–36; 1 Co 1:1–3; 1 Co 1:26–31; Ga 1:11–17; Eph 1:3–14; Eph 2:1–10; Php 2:12–18; Col 3:12–17; 1 Th 1:2–2:12; 2 Th 2:13–17; 1 Ti 5:17–25; 2 Ti 1:8–12; 2 Ti 2:1–13; Tt 1:1–4; Jas 1:12–18; Jas 2:1–13; 1 Pe 1:1–2; 1 Pe 2:4–10; 1 Pe 5:12–14; 2 Pe 1:5–11; 2 Jn 1–3; 2 Jn 12–13; Re 7:1–8; Re 9:1–12; Re 13:1–10; Re 14:1–5; Re 17:7–18;
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