Greatness • Immensity • Magnitude
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Great “Great” translates a wide variety of Hebrew and Greek terms. In the OT it most often renders Heb. gāḏôl (also gāḏal—‘be or become great’) and raḇ (also rāḇâ—‘be or become numerous, great’). Heb. gāḏôl can indicate both quantitative and qualitative greatness. In the quantitative sense
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GREAT; GREATNESS<grat>, <grat’-nes>: “Great” occurs very often in Scripture. The chief words so translated are [גָּדוֹל‎, gadhol], [רַב‎, rabh]; [μέγας, megas], [πολύς, polus].1. In the Old Testament many other terms are employed:a. gadhol is used to express greatness in various senses, chiefly
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GREAT Title claimed by the Samaritan magician Simon (Acts 8:9–10). The title represents a claim to divine honors though the precise meaning of the title is unclear. Justin Martyr held that the Samaritans revered Simon as the highest god of the Canaanite pantheon. Others have argued that Simon claimed
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
great. This English adjective can be used to render several terms, especially Hebrew gādôl H1524 (Gen. 1:16 et al.; cf. the noun gĕdûllâ H1525, “greatness,” 1 Chr. 29:11 et al.) and Greek megas G3489 (Matt. 4:16 et al.). In addition, words that primarily mean “much, many” can sometimes be translated
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Great, Greatness
GREAT, grāt, GREATNESS, grātʹnes: “Great” occurs very often in Scripture. The chief words so trd are גָּדוֹלgādhōl, רַב‎, rabh; μέγας, mégas, πολύς, polús.(1) In the OT many other terms are employed: (a) gādhōl is used to express greatness in various senses, chiefly of magnitude, including excellence,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GREAT [גָּדוֹלgadhol, כָּבַדkavadh, מְאֹדmeʾodh, רָבrav; μέγας megas, πολύς polys]. The English translations for a number of Hebrew and Greek words. In Hebrew these include rav, often denoting great quantity (Gen 36:7); meʾodh, which can mean “very” (Gen 13:13); and kavadh, which can mean heavy