Ignorance of God • Ignorant • Naive • Unaware
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
IGNORANCE. The term implies “error, going astray” (cf. Lev. 4:2, “If a person sins unintentionally”). In the NT the Greek means “want of knowledge”; sometimes simple, excusable want of information (Acts 17:30); sometimes inexcusable (Eph. 4:18); sometimes moral blindness or sinful ignorance (Acts 3:17).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
A Catholic Dictionary
ignorance. St. Thomas (I 2ndæ, lxxvi. 2) distinguishes ignorance from mere nescience. The latter he explains to mean the simple absence of knowledge; the former implies absence of knowledge in one who is capable of acquiring it. He proceeds to show that ignorance may easily involve sin, since a person
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
IGNORANCE Old Testament law distinguished between sins of ignorance, or sin unintentionally (Lev. 4:2, 13–14; Num. 15:24–29), and premeditated sins (“sin presumptuously” or with a high hand, Num. 15:30–31). Sins committed in ignorance incur guilt (Lev. 4:13, 22, 27); however, the sacrificial system provided
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
ignorance. In some instances, ignorance in biblical usage denotes merely an innocent lack of information (Acts 23:5; 2 Cor. 1:8). In its distinctively biblical meaning, it is a specifically religious rather than an intellectual concept. Ignorance is a quality, not of the academically unschooled, but
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
IGNORANCE [פֶּתִי pethi, פְּתַיּוּת pethayyuth; ἀγνοέω agnoeō, ἄγνοια agnoia, ἀγνωσία agnōsia]. Several Hebrew and Greek terms are translated in the NRSV as “ignorance,” “ignorant,” and “ignorantly.” Whatever the term utilized, the basic sense is that of not knowing, whether innocently or culpably.