The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Heavenly[Heb benê ʾēlîm—lit ‘sons of gods’ (Ps. 29:1; 89:6 [MT 7]); Gk. ouránios (Mt. 5:48; 6:14, 26, 32; 15:13; 18:35; etc.), ouranós (Lk. 11:13; 2 Cor. 5:2), epouránios (Eph. 1:3, 20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:18; He. 3:1; 6:4; etc.)]; AV also “ye mighty” (Ps. 29:1), “sons of the mighty” (Ps.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HEAVENLY<hev’-’n-li> ([οὐράνοις, ouranios], [ἐπουράνοις, epouranios]): Pertaining to heaven or the heavens. See HEAVENS. The phrase ta epourania, translated “heavenly things” in Jn 3:12; Heb 8:5; 9:23, but in Ephesians “heavenly places” (Jn 1:3, 10; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12), has shades
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Earthly And Heavenly
EARTHLY AND HEAVENLY (ἐπίγειος, ἐπουράνιος).—The Gr. words are found in the Gospels only in Jn 3:12 [ἐπουράνιος, however, occurs as a variant leading (TR) in Mt 18:35, where some critical editors prefer οὐράνιος], in Christ’s conversation with Nicodemus, and are best interpreted in the light
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
heavenly. That which relates to heaven. The relevant Greek adjectives (ouranios G4039, epouranion G2230) are used with reference to spiritual truths and to the divine and eternal realm. The meaning is best understood in context.Jesus contrasted “the earthly things” (ta epigeia), concerning the rebirth
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Heavenly Bodies
HEAVENLY BODIESIt is impossible that the sun could be a god, for it is the work of God. The same is true of the moon and stars. Aristides (c. 125, E), 9.268.You pagans suppose that power and dominion belong to the elements. However, they are only slaves and functionaries.… They have been appointed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
HEAVENLY, hevʹ’n-li (οὐράνιος, ouránios, ἐπουράνιος, epouránios): Pertaining to heaven or the heavens. See Heavens. The phrase tá epouránia, trd “heavenly things” in Jn 3:12; He 8:5; 9:23, but in Eph “heavenly places” (1:3, 20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12), has shades of meaning defined by the context. In Jn
Key passages
Eph 3:10

in order that the many-sided wisdom of God might be made known now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places through the church,

Eph 6:12

because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.