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Lightning
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lightning
Lightning[Heb bārāq, also ʾôr—‘light’ (Job 36:30, 32; 37:3, etc.), ḥāzîa—‘storm-cloud’ (28:26), lappîḏ (Ex. 20:18), ʾēš—‘fire’ (Ps. 105:32). Gk. astrapḗ]; AV also LIGHT BRIGHT, FIRE, GLITTER (ING); NEB also THUNDERSTORM, MIST, FLAME, etc.; RSV mg, AV, “them” (Job 37:4, following MT; RSV
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Lightning
LIGHTNING The flashing of light. When the Bible speaks of lightning, it usually has to do with God making an appearance. It occurs, therefore, at very dramatic moments, as when God comes down upon Mt Sinai just before giving the Ten Commandments to Moses (Ex 19:16); or referring to the return of Jesus
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Lightning
lightning. The frightening and potentially destructive phenomenon of lightning is associated solely with God in the Hebrew Bible. It is routinely associated with theophanies (appearances of God), e.g., at Mount Sinai (Exod. 19:16; 20:18) and in Ezekiel’s inaugural vision (1:13–14; cf. Dan. 10:6). Lightning
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Lightning
LIGHTNING. Lightning is most often the translation of Heb. bārāq and Gr. astrapē, and is used figuratively and symbolically as well as literally.Actual lightning occurs in Palestine and nearby desert areas in the spring and autumn. It is accompanied by thunder, wind squalls, and clouds of dust in
Thunderbolt
THUNDERBOLT. Literally. “flame” or “burning arrow,” it is a picturesque description of what might better be called a bolt of lightning (Ps 78:48), as in NASB. See Lightning.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Lightning
LIGHTNING. 1. Lightning which accompanies *thunder is a well-known phenomenon in Palestine, especially in the cool season, with a maximum in November or December. The word is sometimes rendered ‘glitter’ or ‘glittering’ (Dt. 32:41; Jb. 20:25; Ezk. 21:15; Na. 3:3; Hab. 3:11). Lightning is a figure used
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Lightning
LightningThe electrical discharge common in thunderstorms. Lightning (Heb. bārāq; Gk. astrapḗ) is most often used in the Bible not in a literal sense but as an analogy to represent power, brilliance, and quickness. The use of lightning to represent brilliance is widespread. A sword is polished to
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lightning
Lightning (Heb. bārāq; Gk. astrapḗ). Lightning was looked on as one of the more spectacular evidences of the power and wisdom of the creating God (Job 28:26; 36:30, 32; KJV “light”; 37:3–4, 11, 15; KJV “bright cloud”; Sir. 43:13), particularly as he is contrasted to useless idols (Jer.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Lightning
LIGHTNING ברקI. The root brq is common to the Semitic languages, where the nominal form refers to the meteorological phenomenon of lightning; the corresponding verb means ‘to flash lightning’ and is probably derived from the noun. The root occurs in the onomastica of numerous Semitic languages. As for
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Lightning
LIGHTNING A natural phenomenon that symbolically represents the power and presence of God. Thus it is usually one of the elements in a divine theophany or vision of God (Exod 19:16; Ezek 1:13; Rev 4:5, 11:19). It can also represent divine judgment (Ps 144:6; Zech 9:14; Luke 10:18). Lightning is sometimes
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Lightning
LIGHTNING (Heb. bārāq, “gleam”; Gk. ˒astrapē). In Syria lightning is frequent in autumn, seldom a night passing without a great deal of it, sometimes accompanied by thunder. A squall of wind and clouds of dust usually precede the first rains.
Bolt
BOLT (Heb. reshep, a live “coal,” an “arrow”). The Heb. term, referring to a bolt of lightning (Ps. 78:48), doubtless has reference to the manner in which lightning strikes the earth.
Thunderbolt
THUNDERBOLT. In the KJV of Ps. 78:48, the translation of Heb. reshep, “flame,” “fire,” “spark” (“bolts of lightning,” NASB, NIV); another Heb. expression, ḥăzı̂z qōlôth, is translated “thunderbolt” in the NASB of Job 28:26; 38:25 (“thunderstorm,” NIV).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Lightning
Lightningfrequently referred to by the sacred writers (Nah. 1:3–6). Thunder and lightning are spoken of as tokens of God’s wrath (2 Sam. 22:15; Job 28:26; 37:4; Ps. 135:7; 144:6; Zech. 9:14). They represent God’s glorious and awful majesty (Rev. 4:5), or some judgment of God on the world (20:9).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Lightning
Lightninglightning, an electrical discharge triggered by a build-up of static electricity. This frightening natural phenomenon, always identified in ancient mythology with divine power and wrath, is also associated solely with God in the ot. It is routinely associated with theophany (the appearance
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