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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Elizabeth
Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist (Ἐλισάβετ, Elisabet). The mother of John the Baptist, wife of Zechariah, and relative of Mary, mother of Jesus. The story of her miraculous pregnancy is recorded in the opening chapter of Luke.
Zechariah in the New Testament
Zechariah, Father of John the Baptist (Ζαχαρίας, Zacharias). A priest in the first century ad. The husband of Elizabeth and father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:12–13, 18, 21, 40, 59, 67; 3:2). Zechariah was a priest in the division of Abijah (Luke 1:5), which was the eighth priestly division according
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Elizabeth (Person)
ELIZABETH (PERSON) [Gk Elisabet (Ἐλισαβετ)]. Wife of Zechariah, mother of John the Baptist, and a relative of Jesus’ mother Mary. Elizabeth is mentioned only in the birth narrative material in Luke 1 where she is said to be a descendant of Aaron, barren, and advanced in years. Luke uses a general term
Zechariah (Person)
ZECHARIAH (PERSON) [Heb zĕkaryâ (זְכַרְיָה‎), zĕkaryāhû (זְכַרְיָהוּ)]. Var. ZECHER. Zechariah appears in the biblical writings first as an Israelite name in the mid-8th century b.c.e. (see nos. 1–2). Its etymology, “Yahweh remembers,” may explain the rise of the name at this time. In light of the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Elisabeth
Elisabeth. kjv spelling of Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother.See Elizabeth.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth. Woman of priestly descent (Lk 1:5) and a relative of Mary, mother of Jesus (Lk 1:36). The name Elizabeth (kjv Elisabeth), which derives from the same Hebrew word as Elisheba, wife of Aaron (Ex 6:23), means “my God is an oath.” Only Luke’s Gospel, which characteristically focuses greater attention
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Elizabeth
Elizabeth ē-lizʹə-beth [Gk. Elisabet < Heb. ʾĕlîšeḇaʿ—‘God is (my) oath,’ i.e., a worshiper of God]; AV ELISABETH. The wife of Zechariah the priest and mother of John the Baptist (Lk. 1:5ff.). Elizabeth herself is described as being “of the daughters of Aaron,” i.e., of priestly lineage. Although
Zechariah (NT)
1. The father of John the Baptist. Zechariah appears exclusively in Luke’s nativity account as the first person to witness the dawn of the messianic age (Lk. 1:5, 12f, 18, 21, 40, 59, 67). His image recalls that of the elderly Elkanah and Hannah, who gave birth to the prophet Samuel at an advanced age
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Elisabeth
ELISABETH* kjv spelling of Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother. See Elizabeth.
Elizabeth
ELIZABETH Woman of priestly descent (Lk 1:5) and mother of John the Baptist, she was a relative of Mary, mother of Jesus (v 36). The name Elizabeth, which derives from the same Hebrew word as Elisheba, wife of Aaron (Ex 6:23), means “my God is an oath.” Only Luke’s Gospel, which characteristically focuses
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Elizabeth
Elizabeth (i-liz´uh-beth), according to Luke 1:5–80, the wife of Zechariah and mother of John the Baptist. Luke describes her as coming from a priestly family. Her long period of infertility connects her with earlier women in Israel such as Sarah (Gen. 17:15–21; 18:9–15; 21:1–7) and Hannah (1 Sam. 1:1–20),
Zechariah
Zechariah (zek´uh-ri´uh; Heb., “the Lord remembers”).1 A Benjaminite from Gibeon whose brother Ner was the father of Kish, the father of King Saul (1 Chron. 9:36–39; Zecher, 1 Chron. 8:31).2 The son Meshelemiah; a Levite who was a gatekeeper for the tent of meeting during the reign of David (1 Chron.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Elisabeth
ELISABETH. The wife of the priest Zacharias (q.v.) and mother of John the Baptist (Lk 1:5–66). She was descended from Aaron and bore the name of his wife Elisheba (Heb. ’elɩ̂sheba‘. “my God has sworn,” (Ex 6:23). She and her husband, upright and blameless in their adherence to the law (Lk 1:6), could
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Elizabeth
ELIZABETH (from Heb. ’elîšeḇa‘, ‘God is [my] oath’). The wife of Zechariah the priest, and mother of John the Baptist (Lk. 1:5ff.). Herself of priestly descent, Elizabeth is described in the av as a ‘cousin’ (more accurately, ‘kinswoman’, rsv) of the Virgin Mary (Lk. 1:36), to whom she addressed the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Elizabeth
Elizabeth (Gk. Elisábet)The mother of John the Baptist, wife of Zechariah the priest, and a relative of Mary the mother of Jesus. Elizabeth was described as a righteous descendant of Aaron and obedient to the laws of God (Luke 1:5–6). She was barren and of advanced age when Zechariah received the news
Zechariah
Zechariah (Heb. zĕḵaryâ, zĕḵaryāhû; Gk. Zacharɩ́as) (also ZECHER)The name means “Yahweh remembers,” evidently a plea for God to remember his covenant with Israel and extend divine aid, which probably explains its popularity during the exilic and postexilic periods.1. A king of the northern kingdom
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elizabeth
Elizabeth [ĭ lĭzˊə bəth] (Gk. El[e]isabet). The wife of Zechariah the priest; according to tradition the couple lived at Ain Karem, a village in the hill country of Judah, about 7 km. (4.5 mi.) west of Jerusalem. While Luke states that she was of priestly descent (“one of the daughters of Aaron,”
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Elizabeth
ELIZABETH The wife of Zechariah, mother of John the Baptist, and a relative of Jesus’s mother, Mary. She was a descendant of Aaron. For many years she had prayed for a child, and the Angel Gabriel announced to Zechariah the birth of the great precursor of the Lord. Her relationship to Mary is not specified,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Elizabeth, St
Elizabeth, St. The mother of *John the Baptist and ‘cousin’ (Lk. 1:36) of the BVM. The visit of the Blessed Virgin to her shortly before the birth of Christ is commemorated in the Feast of the *Visitation. According to a few MSS of the NT, it was she, and not Mary, who spoke the words called the
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