The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
IMAGERY. Very early in human history there came to be employed various artificial representations of objects, animals, persons or gods designed to be used in worship. Some were similitudes of that which actually exists, others were pictorial representations of the imagination, and others assumed symbolic
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Imagery“Image” (from Lat. imago, “representation,” “likeness,” or “imitation,” as in “picture,” “apparition,” “vision,” “echo,” and “figure of speech”) designates the object or mental picture produced in artificial representation. “Imagery” commonly indicates both the object produced in the act of image-making
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Imagery. †The Bible has a wealth of pictorial language and graphic literary forms, largely because it deals with supernatural matters that cannot be expressed adequately in direct terms.The concrete figures employed in much of this imagery were most suitable for the mindset and worldview of the ancient
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
images. The use of any representations of men, animals, and plants, whether carved or painted, was prohibited in the Mosaic Law (Exod. 20:4), because of the danger of idolatry. In other parts of the OT, however, images are mentioned, such as the *brazen serpent made by *Moses himself (Num. 21:9), the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Imageryonly in the phrase “chambers of his imagery” (Ezek. 8:12). (See CHAMBER.)
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
IMAGERY — the products of a person’s imagination. The word imagery is found only once in the NKJV: “the chambers of his imagery” (Ezek. 8:12, KJV; “room of His idols,” NKJV). The Hebrew word translated “imagery” may mean mental pictures or carved images, such as those of false gods.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
IMAGERY<im’-aj-ri> ([מַשְׂכִּית‎, maskith], “carved figure”): Only in Ezek 8:12, “every man in his chambers of imagery,” i.e. dark chambers on whose walls were pictures in relief representing all kinds of reptiles and vermin, worshipped by elders of Israel. Some maintain that the cult was of foreign
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Images.—The use of images in the house of God is authorized by Scripture. Moses was commanded to place the images of two cherubim upon the Ark (Ex. 25 and 26), and Solomon “carved all the walls of the Temple round about with divers figures and carvings” (3 Ki. 6:29). The primitive Christians were studious
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
IMAGERY Figurative language. Scripture prefers to convey truths by pictorial representations rather than through abstract language. Scripture abounds in word-pictures for God, God’s people, and their experience of salvation.The challenge of theology (“talk about God”) is to express truths about God
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
imagery. This English word is used once by the KJV to render Hebrew maśkît H5381, “image” (Ezek. 8:12; NIV, “idol”). In a vision of the temple, Ezekiel broke through a hole in the wall, entered a door, and saw pictures of all kinds of animals represented on the walls of the rooms to which he had gained
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
Animal Imagery
ANIMAL IMAGERYThe past decades have witnessed an increasing recognition of the important interaction between human beings and animals. Environmental pressures and the tremendous changes brought on nature by human development have highlighted the importance of ecology and also resulted in an increasing
Exodus Imagery
EXODUS IMAGERYThere are a number of places in the prophets where the influence of particular moments in the exodus is clearly and commonly recognized (e.g., Is 11:15–16; Jer 7:22; 34:13; Ezek 20:5, 36; Hos 2:15; 11:1; Amos 3:1; Mic 6:4; 7:14–15). These texts primarily appeal to the fundamentals of Yahweh’s
Floral Imagery
FLORAL IMAGERYTruth in the Bible is sometimes communicated through abstract propositions, but also often, and even more frequently, through images. Prophetic literature especially abounds with imagery evoking a cognitive response that tries to explain abstract theological concepts, such as the fleeting
Mountain Imagery
MOUNTAIN IMAGERYMountains and hills are poignant figures of speech in the prophets. The imagery is multivalent, bringing to mind the land, divine presence, idolatry, future blessing and so forth. To appreciate the function of mountains as figures of speech, one must be sensitive to how the prophets
Women Imagery
WOMEN AND FEMALE IMAGERYRecent studies on women in the OT favor *literary and *social-scientific approaches. Late twentieth-century biblical scholarship exhibited a rise in interest in women, in social-scientific methodologies, and a greater utilization of literary approaches, including metaphor theory.
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
IMAGERYThe words imagery and image are notoriously slippery ones in the study of literature. When it comes to poetic theory, they occur in so many contexts that W. Mitchell (1993b, 556) believes that “it may well be impossible to provide any rational systematic account of their usage.” This is no counsel
Animal Imagery
ANIMAL IMAGERYThe Wisdom Literature, poetic books and Writings of the OT abound with both literal and metaphorical references to animals. The term ḥayyāh (from the root ḥyh, “to live, to have life”) indicates living creatures in general, especially wild animals (Job 5:23; 28:21; 39:15; 40:20; Ps
Imprisonment Imagery
IMPRISONMENT IMAGERYImagery of imprisonment in the books of wisdom, poetry and writings is used to evoke a variety of responses, from sympathy for those who are prisoners, to an awareness that incarceration may be an appropriate state for some. Other portions of the Bible preserve narrative descriptions
Mountain Imagery
MOUNTAIN IMAGERYMountain imagery occurs with regularity in the poetry of the OT, frequently sharing mythic features familiar from the literature of the broader ancient Near Eastern world. Broadly speaking, we can group the imagery around the general cosmogonic and cosmic images associated with Yahweh’s