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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
FORERUNNER [Gk prodromos (προδρομος)]. In Greek literature prodromos (“forerunner”), used as a noun (the adjective means “running before”), designates someone or something which goes in advance and normally implies that others are to follow. The term is applied to messengers, to the front-runner in a
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Forerunner
Forerunner. Scout sent in advance of troops, or a herald who precedes a high official to announce his coming. The term is used to describe the man who ran ahead of Joseph when he was viceregent of Egypt (Gn 41:43), and to refer to the first grapes of the season in the land of Canaan (Nm 13:20). In the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Forerunner
Forerunner [Gk. pródromos]. This word occurs only once in the Bible (He. 6:20): “where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.” The word signifies one who comes in advance to a place where the rest are to follow, or one who is sent on before as a scout to make observations (cf. “pioneer” in 12:2).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
FORERUNNER* Scout sent in advance of troops, or a herald who precedes a high official to announce his coming. The term is used to describe the man who ran ahead of Joseph when he was vice-regent of Egypt (Gn 41:43), and to refer to the first grapes of the season in the land of Canaan (Nm 13:20). In the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Forerunner
forerunner, in antiquity a military term for soldiers who ran ahead of the regular army either as scouts or to announce or prepare for its arrival (Wis. 12:8). The image of a forerunner (though not the actual term) seems to be applied to John the Baptist in the Gospels: he comes in advance of Jesus to
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Forerunner
FORERUNNER. The English word “forerunner” is an exact translation of the Gr. prodromos. Forerunner is the term used of one sent ahead, either as a spy to reconnoiter for those who are to follow, or as a herald to prepare the way for a coming king.Although John the Baptist was in truth the forerunner
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Forerunner
FORERUNNER. This word is often used by Christians to describe John the Baptist, because in him the words of Mal. 3:1 found their fulfilment (Mk. 1:2 and Mt. 11:10), and also because his father Zechariah prophesied that he would ‘go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways’ (Lk. 1:76). The actual
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
Forerunner (Gk. pródromos).† One who is sent ahead to prepare the way for others. In nonbiblical sources a technical term indicating a military scout, at Heb. 6:20 it is applied to Jesus as one who has gone to prepare the heavenly sanctuary for his followers (cf. John 14:2). Although the term
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
FORERUNNER (Gk. prodromos). One who is sent before to take observations or act as a spy, a scout, a light-armed soldier. In Heb. 6:20 (KJV) it is used in the sense of one who comes in advance to a place where the rest are to follow, namely, Jesus Christ (cf. John 14:2).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
ForerunnerJohn the Baptist went before our Lord in this character (Mark 1:2, 3). Christ so called (Heb. 6:20) as entering before his people into the holy place as their head and guide.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
Forerunnerforerunner (translates the Gk. for ‘one who goes before’), in antiquity a military term for soldiers who ran ahead of the regular army either to announce (herald) or to prepare for (scout) its arrival (cf. Wisd. of Sol. 12:8). Heb. 6:20 refers to Jesus entering the Holy of Holies as forerunner,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Forerunner
FORERUNNER - one who goes (literally, runs) before. The word is used only once in the New Testament to describe Jesus, who has opened a new and living way to God as our Savior and High Priest (Heb. 6:20).