Any group of people born near the same time.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Generation [Heb. dôr, tôlēḏôṯ; Aram dār (Dnl. 4:3, 34); Gk. geneá]; AV also AGE (Eph. 3:5, 21), TIME (Acts 14:16; 15:21), “nation” (Phil. 2:15); NEB also TIME, DESCENDANTS, AGE, TRIBAL LISTS, etc. The AV, RSV, and NEB also supply “generation” when the Hebrew, in speaking about the future, refers
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
generation (Heb. dor), the period of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children, or all of the people alive during such a time period. The Bible uses the term “generation” only loosely as a measure of time, so such references do not allow for precise chronological calculations.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GENERATION1. The Heb. word dôr occurs c. 130 times in the OT and has the idea of a circle or cycle to be completed. Hence, it means the cycle of a man’s life. It could have the idea of a man’s life span, as in Gen 15:16. Abraham’s descendants were to return to Canaan “in the fourth generation” after
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GENERATION. A word used in the evv to translate various biblical terms.1. Heb. tôleḏôṯ. A word occurring ten times in Genesis (2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1; 37:2) in such a way as to divide it into eleven sections, each being styled ‘the generations of …’ It also occurs in Gn.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GenerationA period of time (Heb. dôr, “circle”), generally that spanning a person’s birth to the birth of his or her offspring, roughly 40 years (cf. Gk. gene), Matt. 1:17); also the people of a period of time (Judg. 2:10; Jer. 2:31; Matt. 11:16; 17:17). In a crucial text relating to God’s covenant
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Generation (Heb. dôr “circle”; Aram. dār (Dan. 4:3, 34); Gk. geneá, génnēma). The “circle” of life, spanning from a man’s birth to that of his son; this period was reckoned to be forty years (Num. 32:13; Deut. 2:14). The term was also used to refer collectively to all people living in such
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Generation. In the long-lived patriarchal age a generation seems to have been computed at 100 years, Gen. 15:16, comp. 13, and Ex. 12:40; but subsequently the reckoning was the same which has been adopted by modern civilized nations, viz., from thirty to forty years. Job 42:16. Generation is also used
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
GENERATION. The word generation in the Scriptures is used in at least three shades of meaning that are closely related and grow out of each other. (1) The basic meaning is that of the production of offspring, in which sense it is applied to the offspring of an individual or successions of offspring noted
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
GenerationGen. 2:4, “These are the generations,” means the “history.” 5:1, “The book of the generations,” means a family register, or history of Adam. 37:2, “The generations of Jacob” = the history of Jacob and his descendants. 7:1, “In this generation” = in this age. Ps. 49:19, “The generation of his
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Generationgeneration (Heb. dor), the period of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children; all of the people alive during that time. The ot uses ‘generation’ only loosely as a measure of time, and it is therefore difficult to use the term in exact chronological calculations.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GENERATION — a word with two distinct meanings in the Bible:1. A body of people who live at the same time in a given period of history. Generation is used in this sense in, for example, Deuteronomy 32:5, where Moses calls his contemporaries “a perverse and crooked generation.” Applied in this way, generation
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Generation(s)The image of generation covers several distinct phenomena in the Bible-some positive, some negative. On the positive side, the motif of the continuity of the human race and the covenant community throughout history is instinctual in human experience. This motif reaches it apex in the psalms,