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(Latin derivation of הֵילֵ֣ל, heilel). The morning star; an epithet of Venus. A title given to the king of Babylon (Isa 14:12). The early church fathers began to apply the term to Satan, possibly due to the belief that he had fallen from heaven (Luke 10:18).
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Lucifer. Appellation from a Latin word meaning “light-bearer.” The Latin term refers to the planet Venus appearing in the evening and the morning, which is the brightest object in the sky except for the sun and moon. Others have identified it with the crescent moon. It is also said by some to be the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LUCIFER* Appellation from a Latin word meaning “light bearer.” The Latin term refers to the planet Venus appearing in the evening and the morning, which is the brightest object in the sky except for the sun and moon. Others have identified it with the crescent moon. It is also said by some to be the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Lucifer (loo´si-fuhr), the English translation in the kjv (Isa. 14:12) of the Hebrew word meaning “light bringer” or “shining one,” sometimes designating the morning (or day) star, i.e, Venus (cf. nrsv: “Day Star”). The English word “Lucifer” comes from the Latin for “light bearer.” In Isa. 14:12, the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LUCIFER. (Heb. hêlēl, “the shining one”). The term is used only once (Isa 14:12). It is specifically directed to the king of Babylon. However, this particular prophecy so far transcends anything that can be said of any earthly king that it is very generally accepted as referring to Satan, the “prince
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LUCIFER (Lat.‘light-bearer’). This was the Lat.name for the planet Venus, the brightest object in the sky apart from the sun and moon, appearing sometimes as the evening, sometimes as the morning, star. In Is. 14:12 it is the translation of hēlēl (‘shining one’: lxx heōsphoros, ‘light-bearer’; cf.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LUCIFER (Latin, “light-bearer”; Hebrew hêlēl, “shining one”; Greek heōsphoros, “light-bearer”) The Latin name for Venus, the brightest celestial object in the heavens, except for the sun and the moon. Venus was also described as the daystar, or the morning star. In Isa 14:12, the name was used as a
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Lu´cifer (light-bearer), found in Isa. 14:12, coupled with the epithet “son of the morning,” clearly signifies a “bright star,” and probably what we call the morning star. In this passage it is a symbolical representation of the king of Babylon in his splendor and in his fall. Its application, from St.