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Forty
Forty Days • Forty Stripes • Forty Years
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Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Forty
FortyThe period of forty days or years is an important one in Scripture and in Jewish tradition. As the church fathers observed, it is most often associated with hardship, affliction and punishment (cf. Augustine, De Con. Ev. 2.4.8–9; see Crime and Punishment). The flood of judgment in Noah’s day lasts
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Forty
Forty.—An important multiple of ten is 40, found in the accounts of the Temptation (Mt 4:2, Mk 1:13, Lk 4:2) and of the period intervening between the Passion and the Ascension (Ac 1:3). That it is in both cases more than a mere number is evident. The 40 days of fasting in the wilderness clearly point
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Forty
forty. A frequently mentioned number in the Bible, often having symbolical significance. It was used as the approximate time span of a generation and to designate an extended period of testing, repentance, vigil, or punishment. It is associated with important new developments in the unfolding drama of