The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Warfare in the Ancient Near East
War in the Ancient Near East A series of violent acts between two opposing political entities.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Arms and Warfare
Arms and Warfare. The location of Palestine at the crossroads of three continents gave it a strategic importance in the ancient world quite out of proportion to its size. Surrounded by the great military powers (Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Hittites of Anatolia), that stretch of land was constantly the object
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
WARFARE The means by which one nation seeks to impose its will upon another by force. An index to the importance of warfare in antiquity is provided by the amount of technical skill directed to perfecting devices for destruction and defense.Methods of WarfareStandard Combat Cavalry units were introduced
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
War, Warfare
The Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of the Temple area dates to New Testament times. HFVWAR, WARFARE. War is a part of the history of man as recorded in the Bible. The ideal described by the psalmist, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Ps 133:1) remained
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Weapons And Warfare
WEAPONS AND WARFARE The term ‘warfare’ as used here includes both battle in open terrain and the besieging of fortified cities, though fortifications are dealt with in a separate entry. Beginning with the first appearance of metal weapons, in the 4th millennium bc, and ending with the destruction of
Catholic Bible Dictionary
WAR AND WARFARE Palestine was right at the intersection of several major trade routes in the Near East, and for most of its history it was the borderland between giant empires. Wars and invasions have therefore been constant threats to the region.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
War, Warfare
WAR, WARFARE — armed conflict with an opposing military force. From the perspective of the Hebrew people, a holy war was one that God Himself declared, led, and won. The concept was at its height during the period of the judges. By the time of the United Kingdom under David and Solomon, however, political
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
WAR; WARFARE<wor>, <wor’-far> (מִלְחָמָה[milchamah], אַנַשֵׁי ם[’anshe] m., “men of war,” “soldiers”; [πόλεμος, polemos], [πολεμει̂ν, polemein], [στρατεύεσθαι, strateuesthai], [στρατιά, stratia]):
Compton’s Encyclopedia
warfare“Every age, however destitute of science or virtue, sufficiently abounds with acts of blood and military renown.” This judgment by the historian Edward Gibbon was echoed in the 20th century by one of the great generals of World War II, Sir Bernard Law Montgomery: “As man became more and more
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Biological Warfare
biological warfare. The intentional use of toxic microorganisms in military actions. Agents such as smallpox or anthrax have been utilized in producing weapons of this type. The use of biological weapons was banned by the Geneva Conventions. Even just war theorists, that is, ethicists who defend the
Nuclear Warfare
nuclear warfare. The use of atomic fission or fusion weapons in a variety of tactical or strategic configurations. Nuclear warfare introduces ethical considerations beyond those connected with conventional warfare in that their use carries the potential for catastrophic results not only for the intended
Welfare State
welfare state. A social system in which the government assumes much, if not complete, *responsibility for the economic well-being of its citizens. In a welfare state, not only such matters as public transportation, utilities and postal service, but also higher education, *health care, retirement pensions
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
War, Warfare
war, warfare. The common Hebrew term for “battle” or “war” is milḥāmâ H4878 (Gen. 14:2 et al.), used more than three hundred times in the OT. In the NT, however, there are fewer than twenty occurrences of Greek polemos G4483, about half of them in Revelation (Rev. 12:7 et al.; cf. also the verb strateuomai
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
WARFAREWarfare is generally understood to be armed conflict by one political unit against another with the purpose of destroying either the opponent or its will to resist. This article briefly examines the conduct of warfare found in the Pentateuch, as well as instructions provided for the waging of
Key passages
Jdt 1:5–6

In those days, King Nebuchadnezzar made war against King Arphaxad in the great plain (this is the border with Reu). And all the people living in the hill country joined together with him and all the people living beside the Euphrates and the Tigris and the Hydaspes and the plain of Erich, king …

Jdt 2:21–27

And they went forth from Nineveh for three days to the face of the plain of Bectileth; and they camped opposite Bectileth close to the mountain on the left of upper Cilicia. And he took his whole army, his infantry and horsemen and chariots, and he departed from there to the hill country. …

Jdt 7:1–3

On the next day, Holofernes ordered all of his army and all the men who joined his alliance to break camp, move against Bethulia, to seize the ascents of the hill country, and to make war with the children of Israel. So all their mighty men broke camp …

1 Mac 5:1–8

And it happened when the surrounding nations heard that the altar had been rebuilt and the sanctuary dedicated like the previous one, they were made exceedingly angry. And they decided to remove the descendants of Jacob who were in their midst, and they began executions …

1 Mac 5:24–44

And Judas Maccabeus and Jonathan, his brother, crossed over the Jordan and traveled the road for three days in the wilderness. And they met the Nabateans. And they met them peacefully and described in detail to them everything that happened to their brothers …

See also
Ge 14:1–16; Jos 10:5; Jos 11:18–19; Jdg 3:9–11; Jdg 3:28–30; Jdg 4:24; Jdg 5:8–9; Jdg 11:4–5; Jdg 12:4–6; 1 Sa 14:47–48; 1 Sa 14:52; 1 Sa 18:30; 1 Sa 19:8; 1 Sa 23:27–28; 2 Sa 3:1; 2 Sa 3:6; 2 Sa 8:1–8; 2 Sa 11:1; 2 Sa 21:15–22; 1 Ki 14:30; 1 Ki 15:6–7; 1 Ki 15:16; 1 Ki 15:32–33; 2 Ki 12:17; 2 Ki 13:22; 2 Ki 13:25; 2 Ki 14:28; 2 Ki 15:29; 2 Ki 16:5–6; 2 Ki 17:3–5; 2 Ki 18:8–10; 2 Ki 18:13; 2 Ki 19:23–24; 2 Ki 24:10–12; 2 Ki 25:1–2; 1 Ch 5:10; 1 Ch 5:19–20; 1 Ch 18:1–8; 1 Ch 20:4–8; 2 Ch 13:2–3; 2 Ch 14:14; 2 Ch 16:1; 2 Ch 16:4; 2 Ch 18:28–29; 2 Ch 20:1–2; 2 Ch 21:16–17; 2 Ch 22:5–6; 2 Ch 24:23–24; 2 Ch 26:6–7; 2 Ch 27:5; 2 Ch 28:16–21; 2 Ch 32:1–2; 2 Ch 35:20; Ps 120:7; Pr 20:18; Pr 24:6; Ec 3:8; Ec 8:8; Is 7:1; Is 10:5–6; Is 10:13–14; Is 16:8; Is 19:2; Is 20:1; Is 21:2; Is 23:13; Is 36:1; Is 42:13; Is 42:25; Is 51:19; Je 34:1; Je 42:16; Je 43:10–13; Je 46:2; Je 46:14; Je 48:1; Je 49:2; Je 51:2–4; Eze 11:8–10; Eze 12:16; Eze 29:6–7; Eze 30:4–8; Eze 30:10–12; Eze 30:24–25; Eze 31:17; Eze 32:11–15; Eze 33:1–6; Eze 33:27; Eze 35:5; Da 7:21; Da 9:26; Da 11:7; Da 11:10–45; Ho 7:16; Ho 11:6; Ho 13:16; Joe 1:6; Joe 3:9; Am 3:11–15; Am 7:9; Am 7:17; Am 9:1; Am 9:4; Am 9:10; Mic 6:14; Hab 1:17; Zep 2:12; 1 Mac 1:20–24; 1 Mac 2:39–48; 1 Mac 3:10–12; 1 Mac 4:16–25; 1 Mac 5:65–68; 1 Mac 6:18–20; 1 Mac 6:62–63; 1 Mac 11:15; 1 Mac 12:24–31; 1 Mac 14:1–3; 2 Mac 5:1–3; 2 Mac 8:21–28; 2 Mac 8:30–33; 2 Mac 13:18–26; 1 Esd 1:25–27; 1 Esd 1:52–53; 1 Esd 2:30; 3 Mac 5:42–43; Mt 24:6–7; Mk 13:7–8; Lk 19:43–44; Lk 21:9–10; Heb 11:33–34; Re 12:7; Re 13:7; Re 17:14; Re 19:19;
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