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India
A country on the Indus River, and the eastern boundary of the territory of Ahasuerus.
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
India (Place)
INDIA (PLACE) [Heb hôddû (הֹודּוּ); Gk Indikēs (Ἰνδικης)]. The Hebrew word may be derived from the Old Persian hidav or the Avestan hindav. Both are derivations of the Sanskrit word sindhu, which has two meanings: the common usage of “stream” and the proper noun designated for the name of the ancient
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
India
India. Eastern land of uncertain geographical boundaries in Bible times. The only specific reference to the land of India in the Bible occurs in Esther 1:1 and 8:9, where the boundaries of the empire of Ahasuerus are said to have stretched Hoddu to Kush. The term “Hoddu” seems to have derived from an
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
India
India[Heb hōddû; Gk. hē Indikē].The name occurs in canonical Scripture only in Est. 1:1; 8:9, of the country which marked the eastern boundary of the territory of Ahasuerus. The Hebrew word comes from the name of the Indus, Hondu, and denotes, not the peninsula of Hindustan, but the country drained
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
India
INDIA Eastern land of uncertain geographical boundaries in Bible times. The only specific reference to the land of India in the Bible occurs in Esther 1:1 and 8:9, where the boundaries of the empire of Ahasuerus are said to have stretched from Hoddu to Kush. The term “Hoddu” seems to have derived from
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
India
India (in´dee-uh). The subcontinent to the east of Africa is mentioned in the Bible when the book of Esther indicates that the boundary of the Persian Empire under Ahasuerus (fifth century bce) was “from India to Ethiopia” (1:1; 8:9). Elsewhere, 1 Macc. 6:37 indicates that each war elephant of Antiochus
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
India
INDIA. The word is mentioned only twice in the Scriptures, both occurrences being in the book of Esther (1:1; 8:9) and referring to the extent of the realm of Ahasuerus, the Persian king. Scholars are generally agreed that the word “India” (Heb. hōddû, from Old Persian hidauw and hinduish, from Sanskrit
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
India
IndiaIn biblical usage, the northwestern region of the subcontinent of southern Asia east of Arabia, marking the eastern boundary of Ahasuerus’ territory (Esth. 1:1; 8:9; cf. Ad. Esth. 13:1; 16:1). The first important civilization in India was along the Indus River and had highly developed urban settlements;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
India
India (Heb. hōddû; O.Pers. hinduš).† In biblical usage the country which formed the eastern boundary of Ahasuerus’ (Xerxes I) territory (Esth. 1:1; 8:9), specifically the northwestern region of the subcontinent through which the Indus (Hondu) river flows (including modern Pakistan and the Indian
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
India
INDIA A country mentioned in the Book of Esther, at the eastern extremity of the Persian Empire (Esther 1:1; 8:9). The northwestern part of the Indian peninsula along the River Indus and its tributaries, was a Persian satrapy. The links between the west and India that existed in early times were disrupted
Catholic Bible Dictionary
India
INDIA (Hebrew hōddû; Greek Indikēs) The Hebrew name for India, hōddû, was likely derived from the Sanskrit word sindhu, which meant “stream,” and was also used to describe the Indus River. India is mentioned twice in Esther (Esth 1:1; 8:9; cf. 1 Macc 6:37) as the farthest extent of the eastern boundary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
India
In´dia. The name of India does not occur in the Bible before the book of Esther, where it is noticed as the limit of the territories of Ahasuerus in the east, as Ethiopia was in the west. Esther 1:1; 8:9. The India of the book of Esther is not the peninsula of Hindostan, but the country surrounding the