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Hosanna
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
(Heb. הוֹשִׁיעָה נָּא‎, hoshi'ah na'; Gk. ὡσαννά, hōsanna). A liturgical word used in Judaism and Christianity that means “save, we pray.” The word shouted by crowds to Jesus during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:9, 15; Mark 11:9, 10; John 12:13).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hosanna
Hosanna (Heb. הוֹשִׁיעָה נָּא‎, hoshi'ah na'; Gk. ὡσαννά, hōsanna). A liturgical word used in Judaism and Christianity that means “save, we pray.” The word shouted by crowds to Jesus during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:9, 15; Mark 11:9, 10; John 12:13).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hosanna
HOSANNA [Gk hōsanna (ὡσαννα)]. Hōsanna occurs five times in the gospels (Matt 21:9 bis; Mark 11:9; 11:10; John 12:13) as the cry raised by the crowd when Jesus entered Jerusalem the first day of the week ending with Passover and his crucifixion. The term is simply a transliteration of the Heb imperative
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hosanna
Hosanna. Hebrew expression meaning “Save us, we beseech thee,” taken from Psalm 118:25. The crowd welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem with the cry of “Hosanna” (Mt 21:9; Mk 11:9, 10; Jn 12:13).Psalm 118 is a declaration of confidence in the Lord’s salvation, made in a time of need. The psalm as a whole was
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hosanna
Hosanna hō-zanʹnə [Gk. hōsanná]. “Hosanna” occurs six times in the NT, all in the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Twice this word is used absolutely (Mk. 11:9; Jn. 12:13), twice followed by the phrase “to the Son of David” (Mt. 21:9, 15), and twice followed by the words, “in the highest” (Mt.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hosanna
HOSANNA* Hebrew expression meaning “Save us, Lord,” taken from Psalm 118:25.Psalm 118 is a declaration of confidence in the Lord’s salvation, made in a time of need. The psalm as a whole was part of a longer hymn (the Hallel) that was sung on great occasions. Verse 25 in particular was used in the Jewish
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hosanna
hosanna (hoh-zan´uh), a Hebrew exclamation meaning “Save, I [we] pray.” It is simply transliterated in most English Bibles. The nrsv is oddly inconsistent, translating the word as “Save us” where it occurs in the Hebrew Bible, but transliterating the Greek equivalent (i.e., the Greek transliteration
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hosanna
HOSANNA. An indeclinable exclamation which seems to mean “help (save) now!” It occurs alone (Mk 11:9; Jn 12:13), with “to the son of David” (Mt 21:9a, 15), and “in the highest” (Mt 21:9b. Mk 11:10). The NT uses it only at the triumphal entry. The Heb. hôshı̂˓â nā˒ and Aram. hôsha nā˒ occurred in
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hosanna
HOSANNA. The Gk. form of a Heb. term, used at the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Mt. 21:9, 15; Mk. 11:9; Jn. 12:13). The Heb. consists of the hiphil imperative hôša‘, ‘save’, followed by the enclitic particle of entreaty nā’, sometimes translated ‘pray’, ‘we beseech thee’. It does not occur
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hosanna
HosannaAn exclamation (Gk. hōsanná) shouted at Jesus by the crowds who greeted his triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:9 = Mark 11:9–10; John 12:13) and by children in the temple (Matt. 21:15). Derived from Ps. 118:25 (Heb. hôšɩ̂ʿâ-nnāʾ, “save us, we pray”), which apparently became a liturgical
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hosanna
Hosanna [hō zăˊnə] (Gk. hōsanná).† An exclamation shouted at Jesus by the crowds who greeted his triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:9 par. Mark 11:9–10; John 12:13) and by children in the temple (Matt. 21:15). Derived from Ps. 118:25 (Heb. hôšî˓a-nā˒ “save us, we pray”), which apparently
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Hosanna
HOSANNA (Greek, “save, we ask”) A liturgical invocation that occurs five times in the Gospels (Matt 21:9, 15; Mark 9:11; 11:10; John 12:13) and was chanted by the crowds as Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem at the start of the week that climaxed with the Passion. The term had liturgical
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Hosanna
Hosanna (Gk. ὡσαννά). The Greek form of the Hebrew petition הוֹשַׁעְ נָא (‘Save, we beseech Thee’). It was used by the multitude when they proclaimed Jesus to be the Messiah on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on *Palm Sunday (Mt. 21:9, 15, Mk. 11:9 f., Jn. 12:13); and was thence introduced into
Key passages
Ps 118:25–26

O Yahweh, please save; O Yahweh, please grant success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh. We bless you from the house of Yahweh.

Mt 21:9–17

And the crowds who went ahead of him and the ones who followed were shouting, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” And when he entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” …

Mk 11:9–10

And those who went ahead and those who were following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Jn 12:13

took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, and began crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, even the king of Israel!”