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Ivy
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ivy
Ivy[Gk kissós]. The only mention of the word in all the sacred writings is in 2 Macc. 6:7 in connection with the oppression of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes. The plant referred to was the Hedera helix, which was sacred to Bacchus (Dionysus), the Greek god of wine and of the culture of the vine (cf.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
IVY
IVY<i’-vi> ([κισσός, kissos]): The only mention of the word in all the sacred writings is in 2 Macc 6:7 in connection with the oppression of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes: “On the day of the king’s birth every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices; and when the
Compton’s Encyclopedia
ivy
ivySeveral different kinds of climbing or creeping plants are known by the name of ivy. All are hardy shrubs or vines, growing in moderately cool, moist regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They climb by means of suckerlike disks, which attach themselves to walls and trees, or by means of twining tendrils.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Ivy
ivy. This term (Gk. kissos) occurs only once in the Apocrypha, which states that, on the birthday celebration of Antiochus IV, the Jews “were compelled to wear wreathes of ivy and to walk in the procession in honor of Dionysus” (2 Macc. 6:7; see Maccabees). This plant is undoubtedly Hedera helix, a climbing
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Ivy
IvyHedera/κισσός, a frutex (shrub/bush), according to Peripatetic taxonomy (→ Plant); the vine stem bears shoots (or tendrils) and three- to five-lobed leaves that are roughly heart-shaped. I. was a popular → ornament in pagan contexts, notably the cult of → Dionysos, who was often depicted wearing
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Ivy
IVY, īʹvi (κισσός, kissós): The only mention of the word in all the sacred writings is in 2 Macc 6:7 in connection with the oppression of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes: “On the day of the king’s birth every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices; and when the feast
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
IVY
IVY [κισσός kissos]. A vine out of which the ancient Greeks made wreaths such as those that the Seleucids compelled the Jews to wear in procession on the occasion of a festival of the god DIONYSUS (2 Macc 6:7). This practice was part of the effort of ANTIOCHUS IV Epiphanes to suppress Judaism and supplant