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Idolatry
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Idolatry
Idolatry (פֶּסֶל‎, pesel). The worship of images made to represent Yahweh or any other deity.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Idol, Idolatry
IDOL, IDOLATRY. An idol is a physical representation of a deity, usually used as an object of worship, though idols and images were used in a variety of ways throughout the ANE.A. Images in the ANEB. Images in IsraelC. Images in the NTA. Images in the ANEA major focus of worship in Mesopotamia from
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Idolatry
Idols, Idolatry. Man-made images or representations worshiped as deities; any natural or manufactured objects worshiped as deity; anything receiving worship other than the one true God. Idolatry is the spiritual worship of an idol. Many idolaters literally serve idols: in ancient Egypt statues of gods
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Idolatry
Idolatry[Heb terāp̱îm (1 S. 15:23), gillûlîm (Ezk. 23:49), zenûṯ (Ezk. 43:9); Gk. eidōlolatría (Gal. 5:20; Col. 3:5; 1 Pet. 4:3); AV also IDOLS (Ezk. 23:49), “whoredom” (Ezk. 43:9); NEB also “wanton disloyalty” (Ezk. 43:9), WORSHIP OF IDOLS (1 Pet. 4:3). The Teraphim were apparently “household
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Idols, Idolatry
IDOLS, IDOLATRY Man-made images or natural representations worshiped as deities; anything receiving worship other than the one true God. Idolatry is the spiritual worship of an idol. Many idolaters literally serve idols: in ancient Egypt statues of gods were regularly and ritually clothed and fed. Some
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Idolatry
IDOLATRYDefinitionThis is a transliteration of the Gr. word eidōlolatria, which we understand to mean “the worship of idols; the worship of images as divine or sacred.” See Imagery. This Gr. term is a compound of two. The first is eidō (cf. the Latin video), meaning “to see” and “to know”; hence
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Idolatry
IDOLATRY. The story of OT religion could be told for the most part in terms of a tension between a spiritual conception of God and worship, the hallmark of the genuine faith of Israel, and various pressures, such as idolatry, which attempted to debase and materialize the national religious consciousness
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Idol, Idolatry
Idol, IdolatrySome sort of physical representation of a deity. “Idol” is used to translate a number of words in the OT, most commonly Heb. ʾĕlɩ̂lɩ̂m, gillûlɩ̂m, ʿăṣabbɩ̂m (and its one-time variant ʿōṣeḇ), pesel and the related pĕsɩ̂lɩ̂m. It also can be used to translate Heb. semel (otherwise
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Idolatry
Idolatry (Gk. eidōlolatría). In the Old Testament, the worship of gods other than Yahweh, especially through images representing them. The New Testament extends the concept to include any ultimate confidence in something other than God, e.g., covetousness, surrender to appetites (Eph. 5:5; Phil.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Idolatry
IdolatryIdolatry, the English transliteration of the Greek word eidōlolatria (literally, “the worship of eidōla, ‘idols, images’ ”), refers to a common pagan religious phenomenon of Paul’s day in which images or material symbols of deities or other supernatural powers were the objects of worship.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Idol
IDOL, IDOLATRY (Greek eidōlon, “image”) An idol is a representation of a deity created for the purpose of receiving worship and divine honors. Idolatry is the sacred worship given to the idols themselves. Among the Israelites all forms of idolatry and idol worship were viewed negatively and firmly prohibited,
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Idolatry, Jewish Conception Of
IDOLATRY, JEWISH CONCEPTION OFThe religious use of icons, or idols, as they are often called in biblical literature, was offensive to Jews, for any image of God or a divine being violated the second of the Ten Commandments (cf. Ex 20:4–5), and by implication violated the first as well (cf. Ex 20:3).
Key passages
Ex 20:3–6

“There shall be for you no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a divine image with any form that is in the heavens above or that is in the earth below or that is in the water below the earth. You will not bow down to them, and you will not serve them, because I am Yahweh your …

Ps 115:4–8

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear; they have noses, but cannot smell; they have their hands, but they cannot feel, their feet, but they cannot walk; they cannot …

Ac 17:24–29

the God who made the world and all the things in it. This one, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to everyone life and breath and everything. And he made from one …

Col 3:5

Therefore put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry,

Re 13:4

And they worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to make war with him?

See also
Ge 31:1–42; Ge 35:1–15; Ex 20:1–17; Ex 20:22–26; Ex 22:16–31; Ex 23:10–13; Ex 23:20–33; Ex 32:1–35; Ex 34:10–28; Le 18:1–19:8; Le 20:1–27; Le 26:1–13; Nu 21:21–32; Nu 22:22–40; Nu 25:1–18; Nu 33:1–24; Nu 33:50–56; Dt 4:1–40; Dt 5:1–22; Dt 6:10–9:29; Dt 11:1–13:18; Dt 16:18–17:13; Dt 18:9–14; Dt 20:1–20; Dt 23:15–25; Dt 27:11–26; Dt 28:58–29:29; Dt 30:11–20; Dt 31:14–32:38; Jos 22:10–24:28; Jdg 2:11–3:11; Jdg 5:1–31; Jdg 6:11–35; Jdg 8:22–35; Jdg 10:6–18; Jdg 16:23–18:26; 1 Sa 5:1–12; 1 Sa 7:2–17; 1 Sa 15:10–35; 1 Sa 31:1–13; 2 Sa 5:17–25; 1 Ki 9:1–9; 1 Ki 11:1–13; 1 Ki 11:26–40; 1 Ki 12:25–33; 1 Ki 14:1–18; 1 Ki 14:21–31; 1 Ki 15:9–24; 1 Ki 16:21–34; 1 Ki 18:1–40; 1 Ki 20:23–30; 1 Ki 21:17–29; 2 Ki 1:1–18; 2 Ki 5:1–19; 2 Ki 10:18–31; 2 Ki 11:13–21; 2 Ki 13:1–9; 2 Ki 17:5–18:16; 2 Ki 19:8–19; 2 Ki 19:35–37; 2 Ki 21:1–26; 2 Ki 22:3–23:25; 1 Ch 5:23–26; 1 Ch 10:1–14; 1 Ch 14:8–17; 1 Ch 16:7–36; 2 Ch 7:12–22; 2 Ch 11:13–17; 2 Ch 13:1–14:1; 2 Ch 15:1–19; 2 Ch 17:1–18:27; 2 Ch 21:1–20; 2 Ch 23:12–21; 2 Ch 24:15–22; 2 Ch 25:5–16; 2 Ch 28:1–4; 2 Ch 28:22–27; 2 Ch 32:20–23; 2 Ch 33:1–17; 2 Ch 33:21–34:28; Ne 9:1–21; Es 3:1–15; Job 31:1–40; Ps 16:1–11; Ps 31:1–24; Ps 78:56–72; Ps 81:1–16; Ps 97:1–12; Ps 106:1–48; Ps 115:1–18; Ps 135:1–21; Is 2:5–22; Is 10:5–19; Is 17:1–14; Is 19:1–17; Is 21:1–10; Is 27:2–28:15; Is 30:18–26; Is 31:4–9; Is 37:36–38; Is 40:1–31; Is 41:21–42:9; Is 42:14–20; Is 43:1–21; Is 44:9–20; Is 45:14–46:13; Is 48:1–11; Is 57:1–13; Is 65:1–16; Je 1:4–4:4; Je 5:1–31; Je 7:1–8:3; Je 8:18–9:16; Je 10:1–16; Je 11:1–17; Je 13:1–11; Je 14:19–22; Je 16:1–17:13; Je 18:12–17; Je 19:1–15; Je 21:11–22:10; Je 25:1–14; Je 32:26–44; Je 35:1–19; Je 44:1–30; Je 48:12–47; Je 50:1–46; Je 51:12–58; Eze 5:1–8:18; Eze 11:14–25; Eze 14:1–11; Eze 16:15–30; Eze 16:35–43; Eze 18:1–18; Eze 20:1–44; Eze 22:1–16; Eze 23:1–49; Eze 30:1–19; Eze 33:23–29; Eze 36:16–38; Eze 37:15–28; Eze 44:10–31; Da 1:1–21; Da 3:1–18; Da 4:1–18; Da 5:1–29; Da 11:5–28; Ho 1:2–9; Ho 2:2–13; Ho 3:1–5; Ho 4:11–19; Ho 8:1–10:15; Ho 13:1–14:9; Am 5:16–27; Jon 1:4–9; Jon 1:17–2:10; Mic 1:2–7; Mic 4:1–5; Mic 5:6–15; Na 1:2–15; Hab 1:12–2:1; Hab 2:5–20; Zep 1:2–18; Zec 10:1–12; Zec 13:1–6; Mal 2:10–17; Mt 4:8–11; Lk 4:1–13; Lk 10:29–37; Lk 16:1–13; Lk 18:9–14; Ac 7:37–43; Ac 10:24–33; Ac 12:20–24; Ac 14:8–18; Ac 15:6–29; Ac 17:16–34; Ac 19:21–41; Ro 1:18–32; Ro 2:17–24; 1 Co 5:9–6:11; 1 Co 8:1–13; 1 Co 10:1–22; 1 Co 12:1–11; 2 Co 6:11–7:1; Ga 4:8–20; Ga 5:16–26; Eph 5:1–7; Php 3:17–4:1; Col 2:11–3:11; 1 Th 1:2–10; 1 Pe 3:18–4:6; 1 Jn 5:18–21; Re 2:12–29; Re 9:13–21; Re 13:1–18; Re 14:6–13; Re 16:2; Re 19:17–21; Re 21:1–8; Re 22:12–17;