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God calls Abram
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The act of making a binding verbal pronouncement of good or evil on another person or persons.The Hebrew root, ברך‎ (brk), “bless,” is widely understood as referring to “health-creating power”; someone who is בְּרוּךְ‎ (berukh), “blessed,” is gifted with such power, while to bless someone is either to bestow such power on them (often by means of a verbal statement) or to declare that they have such power (TLOT s.v. “ברך‎, brk“; see references there). Greek εὐλογέω (eulogeō), “to speak well,” was used in the Septuagint and other ancient Jewish writings to translate Hebrew brk, and took on the meaning of “to bless” from the Hebrew word (TDNT s.v. “εὐλογέω, eulogeō,” 754). To curse someone, by contrast, is to bestow ill effects on someone (again often by means of a verbal statement; TLOT s.v. “ארר‎, 'rr”).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bless and Curse
Bless and Curse The act of making a binding verbal pronouncement of good or evil on another person or persons.The Hebrew root, ברך‎ (brk), “bless,” is widely understood as referring to “health-creating power”; someone who is בְּרוּךְ‎ (berukh), “blessed,” is gifted with such power, while to bless someone
Call
Call of the Disciples Refers to the call stories of Jesus’ disciples found in the Gospels.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bless/Blessing
BLESS/BLESSING [Heb brk (ברך)]. The Hebrew root brk has diverse but unrelated etymological meanings, just as in other Semitic languages. There are the verbal and nominal forms related to “bless/blessing.” A verb “to kneel” and a noun “knee” (Gen 24:11; Ps 95:6; Isa 45:23) also derive from the same root.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bless, Blessing
Bless, Blessing. Pronouncement of the favor of God upon an assembled congregation. Worship services, especially observances of Holy Communion in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and most Protestant churches, usually end with a blessing spoken by the senior clergyman present. This pronouncement (called
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bless
Bless [Heb. bāraḵ—‘bend the knee’ (?); Aram. beraḵ; Gk. eulogéō—‘speak well of’]; NEB also GIVE, GRANT, BRING, INVOKE, SAY, or SHARE A BLESSING, WORSHIP, PRAISE, GREET, CONGRATULATE, etc.; BLESSED [Heb. ’ašrê, bārûḵ; Aram berîḵ (Dnl. 3:28), meḇāraḵ (Dnl. 2:20); Gk. eulogētós,
Call; Calling
Call; Calling [Heb. qārā’; Gk. kaléō and cognates klḗsis, klētós; also légō, phōnéō, chrēmatizō]. The word is very common in both the OT and NT, there being over seven hundred instances of the verb, noun, or adjective.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bless, Blessing
BLESS, BLESSING Pronouncement of the favor of God upon an assembled congregation. Worship services, especially observances of Holy Communion in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and most Protestant churches, usually end with a blessing spoken by the senior clergyman present. This pronouncement (called
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Bless, Blessing
bless, blessing (Heb. barak, “to bless”; berakah, “a blessing, good fortune”; the most common form is the passive participle baruk, “blessed”).1 When the object is God, a word carrying the sense of “to worship or praise,” as in “Bless the Lord” (Ps. 103:1) or “Blessed by the name of the Lord” (Ps. 113:2).
Call
call, a common word acquiring theological significance when God or Christ is the one who calls, implying divine election or commission. Sometimes individuals are called to special vocations: God called Moses (Exod. 3:4), the judges (Judg. 3:9), and the prophets (Jer. 1:5); and Jesus called disciples
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bless, Blessing
BLESS, BLESSING. The act of one person blessing another can be considered under several headings.1. God blessing man (Gen 1:28; 12:2; 22:17; 32:29; Ex 20:24; 23:25; Deut 1:11; 15:10; 2 Sam 6:11; Ps 28:9; 45:2; 107:38; Eph 1:3; Heb 6:14). God’s blessing, since it is that of an omniscient, omnipotent,
Call, Called, Calling
CALL, CALLED, CALLING. Although “call” has many ordinary usages in the Scriptures, its chief importance is as a specifically theological term. The verb from (kaleō), when used technically, refers to God’s (rarely Christ’s) call to men to participate in the blessings on redemption. The benefits may be
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Call, Calling
CALL, CALLING. In OT and NT there are some 700 occurrences of the word as verb, noun or adjective. The principal Heb. root is qr’; in Gk. kalein (with its compounds, and derivatives klētos, ‘called’, and klēsis, ‘calling’), legein and phōnein are used. In both languages other verbs are occasionally
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bless, Blessing
Bless, BlessingThe Hebrew root brk bears a number of unrelated etymological meanings: the verbal and nominal forms of “bless”; the verbal and nominal forms of “kneel”; and a noun, “pool, pond, basin.” Even within the semantic range “bless,” brk can mean to bestow goodness or favor or to greet, congratulate,
Call, Calling
Call, CallingThe verb (Heb. qāraʾ; Gk. kaléō) used to describe “naming” (Gen. 3:20; Luke 1:60) or to refer to the act of prayer, where persons “call to” or “call on” God (Ps. 145:18; Rom. 10:13). In addition, the idea of a “call” or “calling” in the sense of a (divine) commission or vocation is also
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bless, Blessed
(Heb. baraḵ “bend the knee”; Aram. beraḵ; Gk.eulogéō), BLESSED (Heb. ˒ašrê, barûḵ; Aram. berîḵ; Gk. eulogētós, makários).† To bless means variously to worship or praise, to bestow goodness and favor, and to invoke such qualities upon another. When applied to God, the terms
Call, Calling
Call, Calling (Heb. qārā˒; Gk. kaléō and cognates klḗsis, klētós; also légō, phōnéō, and chrēmatízō). A term designating God’s summons to a specific task or role and his special relationship to his people.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Call
Call, callingThe Pauline letters mention calling in three different connections: the calling of all believers, Paul’s calling as an apostle, and the calling of Israel.1. The Calling of All Believers2. Paul’s Calling as an Apostle3. Israel’s Calling as the People of God
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Calling
Calling. As a technical theological term the word came into use in Reformation theology for the Divine act whereby those destined for salvation are persuaded to accept the Gospel. It was used in this sense, e.g., in the ‘Shorter *Westminster Catechism’ of 1647. *Calvinist theologians have commonly held
Key passages
Ge 12:1–5

And Yahweh said to Abram, “Go out from your land and from your relatives, and from the house of your father, to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great. And you will be a blessing. And I will bless …

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