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Star
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Any luminous, non-terrestrial body, other than the sun and the moon, found in the sky. In addition to their literal sense, stars are also referred to metaphorically in the Bible, especially in apocalyptic contexts.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Star
Star (כוֹכָב‎, khokhav; ἄστρον, astron). Any luminous, non-terrestrial body, other than the sun and the moon, found in the sky. In addition to their literal sense, stars are also referred to metaphorically in the Bible, especially in apocalyptic contexts.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Star
Star [Heb. kôḵāḇ; Gk. astḗr (Mt. 2:7, 9f.; etc.), ástron (Lk. 21:25; Acts 7:43; 27:20; He. 11:12).The appearance of the stars marks the end of the day (e.g., Neh. 4:21 [MT 15], “we labored at the work … from the break of dawn till the stars came out”). The OT shows awareness of the stars’ immense
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Stars
stars. In modern times, the sun is considered a star, but in the ancient world and in the Bible the sun, moon, and stars were distinguished (Gen. 1:16). Moreover, though planets are not considered stars today, biblical writers did consider them such. The “Day Star, son of Dawn” (Isa. 14:12), was most
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Star
STAR. The Hebrews grouped all heavenly bodies except the sun and moon under the term “star.” While the OT makes numerous references to the stars or planets, the Israelites evidently did not give as much attention to the study of astronomy (q.v.) as many other Near Eastern peoples. This was no doubt due
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Star
StarThough the ancient Hebrews believed that God made all the heavenly bodies, including the stars (Heb. kôḵāḇ; Gen. 1:16; Amos 5:8), it was widely believed by many ancient people that the stars were cosmic deities (Isa. 47:13). Belief in the animation of the stars was never a major tenet among
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Star
Star (Heb. kôḵāḇ; Gk. astḗr, ástron). The stars are regarded as among the more majestic of God’s creations (Job 22:12; Ps. 8:3–4 [MT 4–5]; 136:7–9). In speaking of their creation, Gen. 1:14–16 follows the customary language of the day in referring to the stars as lights in the heavenly dome
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Stars
STARS כוכביםI. The Hebrew term kôkāb, kôkābîm derives from the proto-Semitic root *kbkb, meaning ‘star’ in the great majority of the other Semitic languages (Ug kbkb; Akk kakkabu; Aram kôkbāʾ, kôkabtāʾ [specifically of Planet Venus]; Ar kawkab; Eth kokab). It is attested 37 times in the Bible.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Stars
STARS Created by God to separate the night from the day and to function as signs in the heavens (Gen 1:14). Although stars are objects of wonder and admiration (Ps 8:3), Genesis makes it a point to insist that the stars are part of creation, in order to distinguish Israelite faith from beliefs in the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Star
STAR (Heb. kôkāb, “round” or “shining”; Gk. astēr).1. Under the term stars the Hebrews included constellations, planets, indeed all the heavenly bodies except the sun and moon. In fact, the ancient Hebrews knew very little of the starry heavens, and no indications are given in Scripture of scientific