The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Kiss (φίλημα, philēma). A touch of the lips that was part of ritual practice within early Christian gatherings and worship.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Kiss (NT)
KISS (NT). Placing the lips upon a person or thing as a mark of homage or affection. It is a common phenomenon in many religions; generally directed towards inanimate objects (RGG3, 4: 190). Early Christian sources confine their prescriptions of the kiss to a greeting between two people. Its practice
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Kiss, Kiss of Peace
Kiss, Kiss of Peace. Common salutation symbolizing love and fellowship. In the Bible kissing is referred to in a wide variety of contexts. In addition to its ordinary expression among relatives (Gn 29:11; 33:4) its sensual and occasionally wicked side is noted (Sg 1:2; Prv 7:6–13). It is well attested
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Kiss[nāšaq] (Gen. 27:26f.; 29:11, 13; 31:28; etc.); NEB also “join hands,” SMOTHER, etc.; [nešîqâ] (Prov. 27:6; Cant. 1:2); [ḥēḵ—‘palate’] (Cant. 7:9); AV “root of … mouth”; NEB WHISPERS; [Gk. philéō] (Mt. 26:48; Mk. 14:44); [phílēma] (Lk. 7:45; Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 2 Cor. 13:12;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Kiss, Kiss of Peace
KISS, KISS OF PEACE* Common salutation symbolizing love and fellowship. In the Bible, kissing is referred to in a wide variety of contexts. In addition to its ordinary expression among relatives (Gn 29:11; 33:4), its sensual aspect is noted (Prv 7:6–13; Sg 1:2). It is well attested as an act of homage
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
kiss. In the Bible, kissing has little to do with eroticism or romance. Kissing between lovers is mentioned only three times: in Prov. 7:13 (where it is the act of a “loose woman”; cf. 7:5) and in Song of Sol. 1:2; 8:1. More often, kissing is associated with greeting relatives or friends (Exod. 4:27;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
KISS. In the Bible the word is used in at least eight different ways.1. The kiss of relatives, which may have been the origin of kissing (Song 8:1): Isaac and Jacob (Gen 27:26–27); Jacob and Rachel (Gen 29:11); Esau and Jacob (Gen 33:4); Joseph and his brothers (Gen 45:15); Jacob and Joseph’s sons (Gen
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
KISS. A common salutation in the E, this word occurs in the OT as a sign of affection between relatives (e.g. Gn. 29:11; 33:4), an expression of love (Ct. 1:2), or lust (Pr. 7:13), and perhaps as a token of homage (1 Sa. 10:1). The last, kissing ‘God’s anointed’, possibly may be, as Ps. 2:12, a religious
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
KissHeb. nāšaq seems to be onomatopoetic, reflecting an inspiratory bilabial sound; Gk. philéō, kataphiléō (“to love”) point to kissing as generally a physical expression of heartfelt affection.In the OT kissing serves as an expression of greeting (Gen. 29:11, 13; 33:4; 45:15; 48:10; Exod. 4:27)
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Kiss (Heb. nāšaq, nešîqâ; Gk. philéō, kataphiléō, phílēma). A sign of affection, salutation, or worship. Kissing was one of the many signs of greeting in the ancient Near East.In ancient Israel the kiss was most often used as a salutation. Family members often greeted one another with
Catholic Bible Dictionary
KISS Kissing in biblical times had many related purposes. It was an act of greeting (Rom 16:16; 1 Thess 5:26; cf. Luke 7:45; 1 Pet 5:14); and the “holy kiss” was a common form of greeting in the early Church (cf. Acts 20:37; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12). Kissing was a sign of family affection (Gen 27:27,
Dictionary of New Testament Background
KISSINGAlthough readers of the NT will be familiar with the practice of the “holy kiss” (Rom 16:16; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; 1 Thess 5:26) or “kiss of love” (1 Pet 5:14) and many will recognize it as a cultural practice, fewer readers understand the cultural framework in which such a custom made sense.