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John sees a vision of a throne
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Heaven
Heaven Heaven is the term used in the Bible to indicate the space where God and various spiritual beings reside. It is also used to speak of the area above the earth—the sky.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Heaven
HEAVEN [Heb šāmayim (שָׁמַיִם); Gk ouranos (οὐρανος)]. In the Bible the word “heaven” is used to describe both a physical part of the universe and the dwelling place of God. In Hebrew the word for heaven is plural; the LXX usually translates the Hebrew word by a singular noun. In the NT both the singular
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Heaven
Heaven. Realm (or realms) designated by a Hebrew term used to represent the sky and air, and also heaven. The form of the word in Hebrew is dual (implying two of something). Although this dual form may only represent an ancient device for expressing the plural, it is supposed by some to imply the existence
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Body of Heaven
Body of Heaven The AV translates the Hebrew expression ‘eṣem haššāmayim as “the body of heaven” (Ex. 24:10). The RSV gives a more correct rendering, “the very heaven,” taking ‘eṣem in its idiomatic use as an intensive, which is derived from its literal meaning, “bone,” as “strength,” “substance,”
Heaven
Heaven[Heb šāmayim—‘heights,’ mārôm—‘height’ (Job 25:2; Isa. 24:18, 21), maʿaleh—‘ascent’ (Isa. 7:11); Aram šemayim (Dnl. 4:11 [MT 8]); Gk. ouranós—‘that which is raised up’]; AV also AIR (cf. Gen. 1:26), SKY, SKIES, ON HIGH, HEAVENS (Zec. 6:5; He. 8:1), HEAVENLY (1 Cor. 15:48), “places,” “the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Heaven
HEAVEN Realm (or realms) designated by a Hebrew term used to represent the sky and air and also heaven. The form of the word in Hebrew is dual (implying two of something). Although this dual form may only represent an ancient device for expressing the plural, it is supposed by some to imply the existence
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Heaven
heaven, the firmament. In the worldview of the ancient Hebrews, heaven was a massive transparent dome that covered the earth. The blue color of the sky was attributed to the chaotic waters that the firmament separated from the earth (Gen. 1:7). The earth was thus surrounded by waters above and below
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Heaven
HEAVEN. The word heaven, or the heavens, is used in the Scriptures in a number of different senses. In the most general of these it includes all that is distinguished from the earth. When employed this way, the words heaven and earth exclude one another; but when taken together, the two embrace all the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Heaven
HEAVEN. Several words are translated ‘heaven’, but the only important ones are the Heb. šāmayim and the Gk. ouranos. The former is plural, and the latter often occurs in the plural. But, just as in Eng., there does not seem to be any great difference between ‘heaven’ and ‘the heavens’. The term is
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Heaven
HeavenIn Hebrew cosmology heaven(s) (Heb. šāmayim), Yahweh’s dwelling place, and earth comprise God’s creation. Heaven depicts skies, the upper part of the created world, and denotes the firmament (a vault or roof of the earth). It may be used literally or metaphorically, and denotes fixed or material
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Heaven
Heaven (Heb. šāmayim; Gk. ouranós).According to the threefold Semitic worldview, heaven was the firmament, a tentlike vault (cf. Isa. 40:22; Ps. 104:2) supported by pillars (Job 26:11) and separating the subterranean waters from those above (Gen. 1:6–8). From this canopy were suspended the
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Heaven
HEAVEN שׁמיםοὐρανός (-νοί)I. The Hebrew word שׁמים‎ (šāmayim) is plurale tantum and occurs 420 times in the OT; only a limited number of these occurrences refer to heaven as being divine. It has its cognates in other semitic languages (e. g. Akk šamû or šamāʾū, Ug šmm, Aram šmayyā, Ar samāʾ);
Heaven-And-Earth
HEAVEN-AND-EARTH שׁמים וארץI. In accordance with Mesopotamian, Anatolian and North Syrian evidence we find the word-pair ‘heaven and earth’ also in the OT scriptures, mainly in deuteronomistic and prophetic texts, where the cosmos is called upon as a witness. Besides these occurrences we find heaven
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Heaven and Hell
Heaven and hellBeyond the common reference to the physical “sky,” the Gospels use heaven to refer both to the abode of God*, as well as to the place of eternal habitation for those who obey God and follow Jesus. The Gospels use the concept of hell to refer to the place of punishment for those who
Key passages
Re 4:1–11

After these things I looked, and behold, an open door in heaven, and the former voice that I had heard like a trumpet speaking with me was saying, “Come up here and I will show you the things which must take place after these things.” Immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold, …