The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Elephant (ἐλεφάντινος, elephantinos). Elephants are not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible or New Testament, though there are several references to ivory (e.g., 1 Kgs 10:18, 2 Chr 9:21 and Rev 18:12). First Maccabees, however, mentions elephants used in battle (1 Macc 3:34, 6:30, 8:6).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Elephant [Gk. eléphas] (1 Macc. 3:34; 6:30ff.; 8:6). During the Hellenistic age elephants were used militarily. These were mainly imported from India, although some evidence points to the breeding of the animals by the Seleucids in Syria. Lysias included thirty-two of them in his army mustered against
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elephant (Gk. eléphas “ivory”). Any of the large proboscidean mammals (so called because of their long protruding trunks). Only two species remain: the Indian elephant (Eliphas indicus) and the larger African elephant (Eliphas africanus). The elephant is prized for the large ivory tusks of the male;
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Elephantnot found in Scripture except indirectly in the original Greek word (elephantinos) translated “of ivory” in Rev. 18:12, and in the Hebrew word (shenhabim, meaning “elephant’s tooth”) rendered “ivory” in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chr. 9:21.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ELEPHANT<el’-e-fant> (Job 40:15 the King James Version margin, the American Revised Version, margin “hippopotamus,” the Revised Version (British and American) “ivory”); 1 Kings 10:22 the King James Version margin; 2 Chronicles 9:21 the King James Version; 1 Macc 3:34; 6:28 ff; 8:6):
Compton’s Encyclopedia
elephantThe largest living land animals are the elephants. Mammals of Africa and Asia, they live in habitats ranging from thick rain forests to savannas. The great size of elephants and the thickness and toughness of their skins protect them from most other animals. Since they have few enemies to fear,
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Elephant. The elephant which supports the world is called “Muha-pudma,” and the the tortoise which supports the elephant is called “Chukwa.” In some of the Eastern mythologies we are told that the world stands on the backs of eight elephants, called “Achtequed-jams.”
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ELEPHANTS While elephants are not specifically referred to in the Bible, ivory is mentioned in connection with King Solomon, that ivory was among the riches he imported (1 Kings 10:22). Ivory tusks were used in trading among nations in Ezek. 27:15, and in Rev. 18:12 ivory is again mentioned among products
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
elephant. Elephants are not mentioned by name in the OT or the NT, but references to them are found in 1–3 Maccabees (Gk. elephas, e.g., 1 Macc. 6:30–37), and the biblical writers were certainly familiar with ivory (e.g., 1 Ki. 10:18; Rev. 18:12). Extinct forms of elephant roamed Palestine during the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ELEPHANT, elʹē̇-fant (Job 40:15 AVm [ARVm “hippopotamus,” RV “ivory”]; 1 K 10:22 AVm; 2 Ch 9:21 AVm; 1 Macc 3:34; 6:28 ff; 8:6): Possibly in Job it is the extinct mammoth. See Behemoth; Ivory.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ELEPHANT [ἐλέφας elephas]. Although not mentioned in the NT, in the books of Maccabees, elephants are among the fighting animals fielded by ANTIOCHUS (1 Macc 5:34; 2 Macc 13:15; 3 Macc 5:45). DARIUS, king of Persia, also used elephants in campaigns against ALEXANDER THE GREAT, and the Carthaginians