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Face of the lord • Facial expressions • Features
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Face
FACE. The Hebrew pānı̂m is the primary OT word for “face.” In its various forms, the word pānı̂m occurs over 2100 times. In Hebrew the word pānı̂m occurs only as a plural, unlike the cognate form in Akkadian, panū, which occurs both as a singular and as a plural. The plural is often explained as
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Face
Face (noun) [Heb. usually pānîm, also ʾap̱-‘nose,’ ‘nostrils’ (e.g., Gen. 3:19; 19:1; 48:12), ʿayin-‘eye’ (e.g., Ex. 10:5, 15); Aram ʾanap̱ (Dnl. 2:46); Gk. usually prósōpon, also ópsis (Jn. 11:44), stóma-‘mouth’ (2 Jn. 12; 3 Jn. 14)]; NEB also SURFACE (e.g., Gen. 2:6; Acts 17:26). “(are) bent
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Face
FACE. Used to denote the part of an object most exposed to view, hence, the face of the ground, water, sky, etc. In Scripture, it often denotes presence in the general sense; and when used of God, means His presence in a vivid sense. Adam and Eve hid from “the face of Jehovah,” or from His presence.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Face
FACE. The Eng. word usually translates Heb. pānîm or Gk. prosōpon. The Heb. word is used in many Eng. senses-of the faces of people and animals, and metaphorically of the sky; it could refer to the front of something, or its outward appearance. Then the ‘face’ of a person became synonymous with his
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Face
FaceIn numerous contexts “face” (Heb. panɩ̂m) is a synonym for “surface,” as in “the face of the earth” (Gen. 1:29), “the face of the ground” (2:6), and the “face of the deep” (1:2). In other contexts it assumes a close relationship with a person, so that “seeing the face of …” (Gen. 32:20) and “hiding
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Face
Face. Literally, the front part of the head of a human being (Heb. ˒ap̱ “nose”; pānîm, a plural form; Gk. prósōpon), animal, or angel; it is used figuratively in such expressions as the “face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2) and the “face [Heb. ˓ayin “eye”] of the land” (Exod. 10:5).To the biblical
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Face
FACE פניםI. In quite a number of biblical texts the pānîm of YHWH is YHWH’s hypostatic Presence. Thus it serves the same function as Šēm →‘Name’ in Deuteronomistic theology, Kābôd →‘Glory’ in the Priestly tradition, and Shekinah in later Jewish writings. By recourse to such concepts, the ancient
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Face
FACE The word “face” (Hebrew pānîm) occurs over twenty-one hundred times in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word is always in the plural, as it is understood to represent the multiple features that make up the human face. The face not only represented the actual visage of a person, but also served to express
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Face
FACE. There is nothing peculiar in the use of this word in Scripture, except with reference to God. Applied to God, it denotes His presence. In such phrases as seeing the Lord “face to face,” “the face of the Lord is against evildoers,” it is evidently all one with God’s manifested presence. The declaration
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Face
Facemeans simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve hid themselves from the “face [R.V., ‘presence’] of the Lord God” (Gen. 3:8; comp. Ex. 33:14, 15, where the same Hebrew word is rendered “presence”). The “light of God’s countenance” is his favour (Ps. 44:3; Dan. 9:17). “Face” signifies
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Face
FACE - that part of the human body that contains a person’s unique, identifying characteristics; a term used in a symbolic way in the Bible to express the presence of God. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve "hid themselves from the presence [literally, face] of the Lord God" (Gen. 3:8). Jacob said,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Face, Facial Expressions
Face, Facial ExpressionsThe face is an ever-changing billboard signaling our own attitudes and reactions. In turn, we read the faces of others. The face contains most of the clues we seek as to the mental state of another person. Much of what we know about others we learn from their faces before they