Geographical objects and features
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Island[Gk nēsíon (Acts 27:16); nḗsos (Acts 13:6; 27:26; 28:1, 7, 9, 11; Rev. 1:9; 6:14; 16:20)]; ISLES; ISLANDS [Heb. ʾîyîm] (Ps. 72:10; Isa. 40:15; 42:15; Ezk. 28:16); NEB also “coast-lands,” “islands of the sea” (Ezk. 28:16); ISLES OF THE GENTILES [Heb. ʾîyê haggôyim] (Gen. 10:5, AV); RSV
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
island. A number of specific islands are referred to in the Bible.1 Arvad, in northern Phoenicia, an island-city located two miles offshore (Ezek. 27:8, 11).2 Cauda, a small island south of Crete where, according to Acts, Paul took refuge during a storm (27:13–17).3 Chios, an island off the northern
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Island, Isle
ISLAND, ISLE. The Heb. word ’i is used in a much broader sense that the English, since it is based upon the idea of a mariner who sees any dry land as a place of peace from the sea and of rest, whether it be simply the seacoast of an island. Therefore the word has to be undertranslated island or simply
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Island, Isle
ISLAND, ISLE (Heb. ’î pl. ’iyyîm; Gk. nēsos, nēsion). Etymologically, the Heb. term is frequently supposed to mean ‘habitable land’, through a cognate Arab. word, but ‘coastlands’ is a better translation, as usually in rsv. The general OT usage is to denote the islands and coastlands of the Mediterranean.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Island, Isle
Island, IsleThe islands cited in the Bible are those of the Mediterranean Sea; among those specifically mentioned are Caphtor (probably Crete), Cauda, Cyprus, Malta, and Patmos. The KJV frequently translates Heb. ʾɩ̂y as “isle” or “island” in passages where the context shows its meaning to be “coast”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Island, Isle
Island, Isle (Heb. ˒îy; Gk. nēsíon, nḗsos).† The islands cited in the Bible are those of the Mediterranean Sea; among those specifically mentioned are Caphtor (probably Crete), Cauda, Cyprus, Malta, and Patmos. The KJV frequently translates the Hebrew term as “isle” or “island” in passages
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Isle. The radical sense of the Hebrew word seems to be “habitable places,” as opposed to water, and in this sense it occurs in Isa. 42:15. Hence it means secondarily any maritime district, whether belonging to a continent or to an island: thus it is used of the shore of the Mediterranean, Isa. 20:6;
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Island, Isle
ISLAND, ISLE. (Heb. ˒ı̂). Although island is a word commonly found in KJV, the Heb. ˒ı̂ is usually rendered “coastlands” by the NASB and NIV; Isa. 11:11, where it is said that “the Lord will again recover … the remnant of His people … from the islands of the sea,” is an exception in the NASB and NIV.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Island(Heb. ʾi, “dry land,” as opposed to water) occurs in its usual signification (Isa. 42:4, 10, 12, 15, comp. Jer. 47:4), but more frequently simply denotes a maritime region or sea-coast (Isa. 20:6, R.V.,” coastland;” 23:2, 6; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:6, 7). (See CHITTIM.) The shores of the Mediterranean
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Islandisland, a body of land surrounded on all sides by water. The word, translated in the kjv as ‘isles’ or ‘islands’ (Heb. ‘iyim ), means ‘regions with borders on the sea.’ Hence the word is frequently translated in the rsv as ‘coastlands’ or ‘coasts.’A number of specific islands are referred to
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ISLAND — a tract of land completely surrounded by water, not large enough to be called a continent.In the NKJV the word “island” is found only in the Book of Acts (13:6; 27:16, 26; 28:1) and in the Book of Revelation (1:9; 6:14; 16:20). A number of islands in the Mediterranean Sea are mentioned in connection
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
IslandThe Hebrew word ’iyyîm can refer to islands proper or to coastlands, lands accessible by sea. Only a few islands bear any significance in the OT: Cyprus, whose inhabitants are the Kittim, Rhodes and Crete, known as Caphtor (Javan, Elisah and Tarshish are also named). Although Solomon and then