Geographical objects and features
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bank [Heb. śāp̱â, gāḏâ, giḏyâ; Gk. krēmnós, trápeza, chárax]; AV also BRINK, BEFORE (THE RIVER), SIDE, PLACE, COAST, STEEP PLACE, TRENCH (Lk. 19:43); NEB also RIVER-BANK, BESIDE, GORGE (Dt. 2:37), BY, EDGE, SIEGE-WORKS (Lk. 19:43).All the OT occurrences refer to the bank(s) of a river:
Beach [GK. aigalós] (Mt. 13:2; Jn. 21:4; Acts 21:5; 27:39f); AV, NEB also SHORE. The Gospel references are to the shore of the Sea of Galilee; those in Acts are to the Mediterranean.
Coast; Coastland; Coastline
Coast; Coastland; Coastline [Heb. ʾî] (Gen. 10:5; Est. 10:1; Ps. 97:1; Isa. 11:11; etc.); AV ISLE, ISLAND, COUNTRY (Jer. 47:4); NEB also SEA-COAST (Isa. 23:2, 6), ISLAND; [geḇûl] (Nu. 34:6; Josh. 15:12, 47); AV also BORDER; NEB SEABOARD (Nu. 34:6), “land adjacent”; [ḥôp̱] (Josh. 9:1; Jgs. 5:17);
Shore [Heb. ḥôp̱ (Gen. 49:13), śāp̱â—‘lip’ (1 K. 9:26; 2 Ch. 8:17), ʾereṣ—‘land’ (Ezk. 27:29); Gk. prosormízō—‘come into (the) harbor’ (“moored to the shore,” Mk. 6:53)]; AV also HAVEN, SIDE, LAND, “drew to the shore”; NEB also COAST, “where they made fast”, etc. Land that borders upon a generally
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
COAST. This word is translated variously as “border,” “boundary,” “coast,” “territory,” or “region,” in the RSV (Num 34:11; Josh 1:4; Jdg 1:18; Acts 27:2). Where the KJV has “coast,” the RSV usually has “border” or “boundary.” The seacoast itself is seldom mentioned (Acts 27:2; Lk 6:17). See Border.
SHORE. Various words are rendered by the word “shore” in KJV. In the OT the Heb. hôph (Jdg 5:17; Jer 47:7) is translated “coast” in RSV; in Josh 15:2 qāṣeh is rendered more accurately “end” in RSV. The main Heb. word translated “shore” or “seashore” in KJV and RSV alike is śāphâ (lit., “lip,” Gen
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Coast, Coastland
Coast, CoastlandThe shore of either the mainland (e.g., Isa. 23:2, 6) or an island (e.g., Jer. 2:10; 47:4) adjacent to or within the Mediterranean Sea (Heb. ʾɩ̂, gĕḇûl). The NRSV frequently translates gĕḇûl as “country” or “border” (e.g., Exod. 34:24; Josh. 13:23). “Coastlands” also indicates
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Coast, Coastland
Coast, Coastland (Heb. ˒î, geḇûl).† The shore of either the mainland (e.g., Isa. 23:2, 6) or an island (e.g., Jer. 2:10; 47:4) adjacent to or within the Mediterranean Sea. The KJV frequently translates Heb. ˒î as “island(s)” (e.g., Isa. 11:11; 21:12; 41:1) or “isle(s)” (e.g., Gen. 10:5; Esth.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Coast, border, with no more reference to lands bordering on the sea than to any other bordering lands.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Seashore, Seacoast
SEASHORE, SEACOAST.1. The shore of a seacoast (Heb. ḥôp, “chafed” by waves, Gesenius; or enclosed, Fuerst; cf. English cove; see Deut. 1:7; Judg. 5:17; Jer. 47:7; Ezek. 25:16; Josh. 9:1; “coast,” NIV).2. The extremity of the land (Josh. 15:2, KJV, “shore,” Heb. qāṣeh, “end,” “extremity”; several
COAST. An inaccurate rendering of several terms, meaning border, except in the expression “sea coast.” See Seacoast, Seashore.
COASTLAND (Heb. ˒ı̂). Any maritime district; whether belonging to a continent or to an island; thus it is used of the shore of the Mediterranean (Isa. 20:6; 23:2, 6) and of the coasts of Elishah (Ezek. 27:7), i.e., of Greece and Asia Minor. Occasionally coastlands is specifically used of an island, as
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
COAST — an inaccurate KJV word for border or boundary. Occasionally, it refers to the seacoast (Num. 34:6; Judg. 5:17).
SHORE — land at the edge of a body of water. The word “shore” is used to describe the number of descendants that God promised to Abraham: “As the sand which is on the seashore” (Gen. 22:17). This speaking of people as grains of sand to indicate a host beyond counting is used vividly to describe the battle
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BANK<bank>:1. (שָׂפָה‎ [saphah], “lip,” “edge”): “By the bank of the Jordan” (2 Kings 2:13); “Upon the bank of the river were very many trees” (Ezekiel 47:7, 12).2. (גָּדָה‎ [gadhah], “cuttings”): Always of banks overflowed (Joshua 3:15; 4:18; Isaiah 8:7), as also3. (גִּדיָה
BEACH<bech> ([αἰγαλός, aigialos]): The part of the shore washed by the tide on which the waves dash (Matthew 13:2, 48; John 21:4; Acts 21:5; 27:39, 40).
COAST<kost> ([גְּבוּל‎, gebhul], etc., “boundary”; compare [גְּבַל‎, gebhal], “mountain” and Arabic jebel, “mountain”; [חֶבֶל‎, chebhel], literally, “a rope”; compare Arabic chabl (Joshua 19:29 the King James Version; Zephaniah 2:5, 6, 7); [חוֹת‎, choph], literally, “that which is washed”;
SHORE<shor>:1. [חוֹת‎, choph], always of the Mediterranean, variously translated “haven,” “beach,” “shore,” “sea-shore,” “coast,” “sea coast” (Genesis 49:13; Deuteronomy 1:7; Joshua 9:1; Judges 5:17; Jeremiah 47:7; Ezekiel 25:16).2. [שָׂפָה‎, saphah], literally, “lip”; compare
Compton’s Encyclopedia
beachA beach is a landform found along the coast of an ocean, sea, or lake. It is a depositional landform, meaning that it results from the accumulation of sediment. The sediment that makes up a beach consists of sand, gravel, or crushed seashells and other organic matter that have been carried by waves
coastLand bordering an ocean, sea, or lake is called a coast or shore. Coasts feature a great variety of landforms ranging from gently sloping beaches to steep cliffs. This variety is the result of the different natural processes that formed the coasts as well as the type and structure of the rock that
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Bank of a River
Bank of a River. Stand with your back to the source, and face to the sea or outlet: the left bank is on your left, and right bank on your right hand.Sisters of the Bank, i.e. of the bankside, “the brothel quarter” of London. Now removed to a different quarter, and divided into “North” and “South.”“On
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Bank, the rendering in our Authorized Version of two Hebrew words and one Greek word.1. A Hebrew word which means the shore of a river or sea (Gen. 41:17).2. A Hebrew word which designates the mound raised against a besieged city (2 Sam. 20:15; 2 Kings 19:32; Isa. 37:33).3. A Greek word which, having
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
BEACH.—The RV tr. of αἰγιαλός, which the AV renders ‘shore.’ In the Gospels the word occurs only in Mt 13:2, 48 and Jn 21:4. In classical Greek αἰγιαλός usually, though not always, means that part of the seashore on which the tide ebbs and flows, and in the above passages in the Gospels it stands
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