The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hour[Heb môʿēḏ (1 S. 9:24; Jer. 46:17); Gk. hṓra (Mt. 10:19; Rev. 3:3; etc.)]; AV also TIME (1 S. 9:24; Jer. 46:17; Mk. 6:35; Lk. 1:10; Jn. 16:2, 4, 25; Rom. 13:11; 1 Jn. 2:18; Rev. 14:15), INSTANT (Lk. 2:38); NEB also MOMENT, TIME, THEN, INSTANTLY (Acts 22:13), etc. Only the NEB uses “hour” to
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HOUR (Heb., Aram. šā‘â; Gk. hōra) is used in Scripture in a precise sense and in a more general sense.1. In its more precise sense (which is probably later than the more general sense), an hour is one-twelfth of the period of daylight: ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day?’ (Jn. 11:9). They were
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HourDesignation of a particular time (Heb. ʿēṯ, môʿēḏ; Aram. šāʿâ), not a measure of time, with the possible exception of Dan. 4:19. The same meaning carries over into the NT (e.g., Matt. 18:1), but there an hour (Gk. ĥra) can also refer to the twelfth part of the time between sunrise and sunset
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hour (Heb. mô˓ēḏ; Gk. hṓra).† A division of the daylight period from sunrise to sunset, roughly analogous to the division of the night into watches. With the invention of the sundial in the postexilic period, the Hebrews divided the day into twelve equal segments (John 11:9). Rather than standardized
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HOUR The division of time into hours and minutes was unknown to the people of the Old Testament, so there was no Hebrew expression for this period of time. The day was divided typically into rough periods of dawn (Josh 6:15), the morning (Exod 18:13), noon (1 Kgs 18:29), afternoon (1 Sam 11:11), sunset
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
HourFirst found in Dan. 3:6; 4:19, 33; 5:5. It is the rendering of the Chaldee shaah, meaning a “moment,” a “look.” It is used in the New Testament frequently to denote some determinate season (Matt. 8:13; Luke 12:39).With the ancient Hebrews the divisions of the day were “morning, evening, and noon-day” (Ps.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HOUR — one of the 24 parts of a day. An hour was the shortest measurement of time among the people of the ancient world. It was a 12th part of the period from sunrise to sunset, and thus was of constantly changing length, according to the season of the year. The KJV phrase “the same hour” (Dan. 3:6,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
HourThe Bible’s use of the term hour might best be summarized by the colloquial phrase “time’s up!” As the bell sounds for the boxer at the end of his round or the team at the end of their match, so it sounds for Jesus at the time of his crucifixion or the world at the time of his return. It serves
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HOUR<our> ([שַׁעֲתָא‎, shàatha’], [שְׁעָא‎, shèa’]; [ὥρα, hora]): Hour as a division of the day does not occur in the Old Testament; the term she`a’ (sha`atha’) found in Dnl, is Aramaic, and as used there denotes a short period or point of time of no definite length (Dan 3:6, 15; 4:33 (Heb 30);
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Hourin timekeeping, 3,600 seconds; now defined in terms of radiation emitted from atoms of the element cesium under specified conditions; formerly defined as the 24th part of a mean solar day (average period of rotation of the Earth relative to the Sun); hour of sidereal time, 1/24 of the Earth’s rotation
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Hour. (Greek and Latin, hora.)At the eleventh hour. Just in time not to be too late; only just in time to obtain some benefit. The allusion is to the parable of labourers hired for the vineyard (Matt. 20.).My hour is not yet come. The time of my death is not yet fully come. The allusion is to the belief
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Hour, a division of time known among us as the twenty-fourth part of a day. One of the earliest divisions of the day was into morning, heat of the day, mid-day and evening; and of the night into first, second and third watch. The first use of the word hour by the sacred writers occurs in Dan. 3:6, but