The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Experience; Experienced [Heb. yāḏaʿ] (Dt. 1:13, 15; Jgs. 3:1); AV KNOW, KNOWN; NEB REPUTE, “take part in”; [rāʾâ] (Eccl. 1:16); NEB FAMILIAR; [Gk. energéō] (2 Cor. 1:6); AV EFFECTUAL; NEB STRENGTH; [gínomai] (2 Cor. 1:8); AV “come to (us)”; NEB “come upon (us)”; [páschō] (Gal. 3:4); AV SUFFER;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EXPERIENCE. Paul writes that “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Rom 5:3–4; cf. Jas 1:2–12), revealing a ladder of development which often occurs in the life of the Christian.The proper relationship between revealed truth and experience must be carefully maintained,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Experience. †Several Hebrew and Greek terms generally reserved for concrete processes also are used to depict physical and psychical events. At Eccl. 1:16 Qoheleth concludes that he has “seen” (Heb. rā˒â; KJV, NIV “experienced”; cf. RSV, JB) wisdom and knowledge (cf. NIV, Deut. 11:2;
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Visions, ecstatic experienceWhile Paul undoubtedly had visionary experiences, he rarely mentioned them. Greek has two terms for “vision,” optasia and horama. Optasia is found only once in Paul’s letters (2 Cor 12:1) and horama is not found at all. Apokalypsis, “revelation,” and apokalyptō, “to reveal,”
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
EXPERIENCE. We speak of our knowledge of sins forgiven and enjoyment of the favor of God as our Christian experience. It means the practical acquaintance with the work of God in man that results in the consciousness of salvation. Thus experience is the personal trial of all things and the consequent
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
ExperienceEtymological roots of “experience” suggest testing or experimenting to ascertain the truth. Current English usage defines experience as the state of being consciously affected by something or the conscious content of the life of an individual, group, or community. Theologically, the term is
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EXPERIENCE<eks-pe’-ri-ens>: This word is employed 3 times. In Genesis 30:27 the King James Version, Laban says, to Jacob, “I have learned by experience (the Revised Version (British and American) “divined”) that Yahweh hath blessed me for thy sake.” Here it translates the Hebrew [נָחַשׁ‎, nachash],
Dictionary of Theological Terms
EmpiricismThe philosophical theory that holds sense perception to be the only test of knowledge. Empirical knowledge is knowledge gained by experience, and the empirical method is the way of observation and experiment. Empiricism was largely a reaction to rationalism,* which insisted on reason as the
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Experience. Experience can be a source of knowledge deriving from direct perception or apprehension of reality. Experiential knowledge can be gained either externally or internally, presenting itself immediately to either the natural sense or the inner world of the spirit. Experiencing something is distinguished
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
EXPERIENCE, eks-pēʹri-ens: This word is employed 3 t. In Gen 30:27 AV, Laban says to Jacob, “I have learned by experience [RV “divined”] that Jeh hath blessed me for thy sake.” Here it translates the Heb נָהַשׁ‎, nāḥash, “to observe diligently,” as when one examines the entrails of a bird or animal
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Religious Experience
RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCEThe notion of ‘experience’ is famously resistant to straightforward definition. The challenges are no less formidable when attempting to define ‘religious experience’. Nevertheless, expressed in admittedly very general terms, experience can be understood as the accumulated impact