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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Games The Bible contains little information about amusements in the form of games, but archeology and history provide an invaluable background for the frequent indirect allusions to them. I. Games in AntiquityA. In the Ancient Near EastB. In Greece and Rome II. Games in the BibleA. In the OTB.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
games. Categories of games in biblical times include mental exercises, sporting events, and board games. The riddle proposed by Samson (Judg. 14:12–14) is a mental exercise. Riddles were widely known in the ancient Near East, but (unlike the tricky riddle posed by Samson) were supposed to deal with common
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Starting lanes for runners in the Pythian Games at the stadium of Delphi, Greece. HFVGAMES. The Hebrews seem not to have been interested in athletics as a sport. There are no references to any purely athletic contests in the OT such as bound in Greco-Roman literature. Even the reference in Ps 19:5,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GamesAncient games occurred as public events or pastimes for private leisure. From the time of Alexander the Great athletic festivals helped define society by being attached to religious cults and adding honor to a deity. Alexander brought the games to Tyre, and Antiochus Epiphanes introduced them to
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Games. †The Bible mentions various playful activities, although it provides few details about actual games the people played.Job 21:11 refers to children’s dances, and 41:5 alludes to the amusement children get from keeping pets. At Gen. 21:9 Ishmael’s “playing” (Heb. meṣaḥēq “make sport, play”)
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Games And Toys
GAMES AND TOYS The oldest game boards found during excavations in Palestine come from Tell Beit Mirsim and Beth-Shemesh and belong to a layer in the Middle Bronze Age IIB and IIC. The moves were determined by spinning a teetotum, a sort of four-sided top with lettered or numbered sides. This type of
Dictionary of New Testament Background
ATHLETICSTo the ancient world athletics were synonymous with Greek culture. Greek athletic festivals commemorated Greek deities, and athletic training was an integral part of Greek education. Beginning as Pan-Hellenic phenomena, athletics eventually spread throughout the Hellenistic and Roman world.
CIRCUSES AND GAMESThe festivals, races and games of the circus held a place of prominence in Greco-Roman life. The social, religious and political functions of the place and its events formed an integral and often central part of the culture and context into which the New Testament authors communicated
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Games. Among the Greeks the rage for theatrical exhibitions was such that every city of any size possessed its theatre and stadium. At Ephesus an annual contest was held in honor of Diana. It is probable that St. Paul was present when these games were proceeding. A direct reference to the exhibitions
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
GAMES. This word occurs but once in Scripture (1 Cor. 9:25, NIV), though frequent reference is made to the things signified by it.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Games(1.) Of children (Zech. 8:5; Matt. 11:16). The Jewish youth were also apparently instructed in the use of the bow and the sling (Judg. 20:16; 1 Chr. 12:2).(2.) Public games, such as were common among the Greeks and Romans, were foreign to the Jewish institutions and customs. Reference, however,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Gamesgames, activities of varying degrees of structure and organization that are pursued for pleasure. Games in biblical times may be categorized as mental exercises, sporting events, or board games.The riddle proposed by Samson (Judg. 14:12–14) is an instance of a mental exercise. Riddles were widely
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