Body and body parts
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Knee[Heb bereḵ; Aram ʾarḵubbâ; Gk. góny]; KNEEL [Heb. bāraḵ; Aram beraḵ; Gk. gonypetéō]. The knee is the most complex joint of the human body, and in the ancient world it was considered the place of affection and devotion (Jgs. 16:19; cf. 2 K. 4:20; Isa. 66:12). Egyptian sculptures commonly
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
KNEE. The Heb. word as a verb means “to kneel down” (2 Chr 6:13) as well as “to bless” or “to pronounce a blessing,” because the person blessed kneels. Thus it is used in reference to making camels bend the knee to take rest (Gen 24:11). It is used of men blessing God (Gen 24:48; 1 Kgs 1:48); God blessing
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Knee, Kneel
KNEE, KNEEL. The concrete imagery of the OT expresses weakness or fear as ‘feeble knees’ (Jb. 4:4; Is. 35:3) or as ‘the knees tremble’, ‘knock together’ (Na. 2:10; Dn. 5:6).The fifteen references in the NT are, with the exception of Heb. 12:12, always used in connection with bowing. The action may indicate
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
KNEE. The expression “knelt” or “kneeling on his knees,” “falling on his knees,” has for its primary notion that of breaking down, and then to invoking God, to bless (2 Chron. 6:13; Ps. 95:6; Dan. 6:10; Matt. 17:14). To kneel signifies also to give or receive a blessing, because the person blessed kneels.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Knee, Kneel
Knee, KneelIn the thirty-five appearances of the image in Scripture, knees are most often used to signify the state of one person before another, either in submission, blessing or fear.Submission or humility is perhaps the most common image. When one places oneself in subjection to another, one kneels
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
KNEE; KNEEL<ne> <nel> (“knee,” בֶּרֶךְ‎ [berekh]; Aramaic אַרַכֻבָּה‎ [’arekhubbah]; [γόνυ, gonu]; “kneel”; בָּרַךְ‎ [barakh]; Aramaic בְּרַךְ‎ [berakh]; [γονυπετέω, gonupeto]): Most of the uses are obvious, and the figurative use of “knees” as the symbol of strength (Job 4:4; Hebrews 12:12,
Compton’s Encyclopedia
kneeThe knee is the largest joint in the body and has to sustain the greatest stresses, since it supports the entire weight of the body above it. The knee is formed by the meeting of the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (the larger bone of the lower leg). The femur and the tibia are held together at
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Knee, Kneel
knee, kneel. The ANE custom for public prayer was to stand, and so kneeling was confined to acts of obedience and obeisance. The official presentation of children on the father’s knee was a sign legitimizing the child’s legal claim in Israel (Gen. 30:3; 50:23; Job 3:12). Kneeling was a symbol of submission
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Knee, Kneel
KNEE, , KNEEL, nēl (“knee,” בֶּרֶךְ‎, berekh; Aram. אַרְכֻבָּה‎, ’arekhubbah; γόνυ, gónu; “kneel”; בָּרַךְ‎, bārakh; Aram. בְּרַךְ‎, berakh; γονυπετέω, gonupetéō): Most of the uses are obvious, and the figurative use of “knees” as the symbol of strength (Job 4:4; He 12:12, etc) needs no explanation.