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Omri, king of Israel. The first of the kings of the northern kingdom of Israel to establish a stable, powerful dynasty. Founder of the capital of Samaria.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
OMRI (PERSON) [Heb ʿomrı̂ (עָמְרִי)]. The origin of the name Omri is disputed, as is its meaning. Probably it is an abbreviated form of the longer “Omriyahu,” following the same pattern as the name Zimri = Zimriyahu = “Yahweh is (my) protection.” However, while the first element in the name Zimri [yahu]
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Omri. 1. King of Israel who first appears in Scripture as general of the army during the reign of Elah, king of Israel. In 885 bc. Elah sent Omri to besiege the Philistine fortress of Gibbethon. During the siege Zimri, another military leader, launched a coup against Elah, killed him, and immediately
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. One of the great kings of the northern kingdom of Israel, who founded a dynasty that lasted some fifty years. The sources for the reign are 1 K. 16:16–30; 20:34; Josephus Ant. viii.12.5 [309–313]; the Moabite Stone set up by King Mesha and the Assyrian inscriptions (ANET pp. 320f, 280, 284f.).Scholars
Omri om̀rī, om̀rē [Heb ʿomrî; Gk Ambri; similar names in Arabic, indicate that it derives from a triliteral root ʿmr—‘thrive,’ ‘live long’].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
OMRI1. King of Israel who first appears in Scripture as general of the army during the reign of Elah, king of Israel. In 885 bc Elah sent Omri to besiege the Philistine fortress of Gibbethon. During the siege, Zimri, another military leader, launched a coup against Elah, killed him, and immediately
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Omri (om´ri), the sixth king of Israel (ca. 876–869 bce), a contemporary of King Asa of Judah and founder of a dynasty that included his son Ahab (ca. 869–850 bce), Ahaziah (ca. 850–849 bce), and Jehoram (ca. 849–843/2 bce). According to 1 Kings 16:23, Omri ruled Israel for twelve years, six of them
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
OMRI (Heb. ‘omrî). 1. An officer from Issachar during David’s reign (1 Ch. 27:18). 2. Sixth king of the N kingdom of Israel and founder of a new dynasty after the death of *Elah. During the period of anarchy following the death of *Baashah, the army, besieging Gibbethon, proclaimed their leader Omri
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Omri (Heb. ʿomrɩ̂)1. A king of the northern kingdom of Israel. Omri was the founder of a dynasty of Israelite kings (“Omride”) who ruled the northern kingdom during the first half of the 9th century b.c. The account of his rise and reign is found in 1 Kgs. 16:15–28.Establishing a precise chronology
Catholic Bible Dictionary
OMRI The king of Israel in the ninth century b.c. (probably r. 885–874 b.c.). His time on the throne is covered in 1 Kgs 16:15–28, with the focus on his accession. He served as a general under his predecessor Elah and came to the throne after Elah was assassinated by Zimri. With the death of Elah, Omri’s
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Om´ri (pupil of Jehovah).1. Originally “captain of the host” to Elah, was afterward himself king of Israel, and founder of the third dynasty. (b.c. 926.) Omri was engaged in the siege of Gibbethon, situated in the tribe of Dan, which had been occupied by the Philistines. As soon as the army heard of