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God-Fearer
God Fearer • God-Fearers • Godly Fear
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
God-fearer
God-Fearer. One who fears God. This can be a term of reverence, an emotional reaction of terror, or a dread of God’s vengeance.Phrases describing the God-fearer in the OT are frequently coupled with such terms as “stood in awe” and “held in awe” (1 Chr 16:25; Ps 22:23). Reverence for the Lord is used
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
God-Fearer
GOD-FEARER One who fears God. This can be a term of reverence, an emotional reaction of terror, or a dread of God’s vengeance.Phrases describing the God-fearer in the OT are frequently coupled with such terms as “stood in awe” and “held in awe” (1 Chr 16:25; Ps 22:23). Reverence for the Lord is used
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
God-Fearers
God-fearers, Gentiles who, during the Second Temple period, embraced Jewish theology, worship, and morality, but who did not follow purity laws, which they regarded as specific for ethnic Jews. According to the dominant theory, they attended synagogues, but were normally not circumcised (which would
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
God-Fearers
God-Fearers (Gk. sebómenoi, eusebḗs “devout ones”).* Gentiles who out of respect for Judaism attended the synagogue services and observed some of the Jewish law but were not full converts to Judaism, not having undergone circumcision (Acts 10:2; cf. 13:50; 16:14; 17:4, 17; 18:7).See fear; Proselyte.
A Catholic Dictionary
Fear of God
fear of god falls into two great divisions. Servile fear is the fear such as a slave might have for his master, and it looks to the punishments which God inflicts. Filial fear is the fear of sons; it consists in dread of offending God who is worthy of all love, and of being separated from Him by sin.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
God Fearer
GOD FEARER The book of Acts is our primary source for understanding the term “God fearer.” In Acts 10:2 Luke describes Cornelius as “a devout man” who “feared God” (HCSB; cp. 10:22). Paul’s address to those gathered in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch begins, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God” (Acts
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GODFEARER
GODFEARER [φοβούμενοι τὸν θεόν phoboumenoi ton theon “those who fear God,” σεβόμενοι τὸν θεόν sebomenoi ton theon “those who revere God,” θεοσεβεῖς theosebeis]. A term that designates Gentile sympathizers with Judaism. Jewish, classical, and Christian literary texts, as well as documentary evidence
Key passages
Ac 10:2

devout and fearing God together with all his household, doing many charitable deeds for the people and praying to God continually.

Ac 13:16

So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand, he said, “Israelite men, and those who fear God, listen!

Ac 17:17

So he was discussing in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.

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