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Ararat

Ararat  

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The region in modern SE Turkey where the sons of Sennacharib sought refuge after murdering him (2 Kgs. 19: 37). Noah's ark was made to settle in Ararat according to the legend of Gen. 8: 4, no doubt ...
Ashdod

Ashdod  

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A town under Philistine control to which the Ark of the Covenant was temporarily taken (1 Sam. 5: 6). Its walls were demolished by Uzziah, king of Judah (783–742bce) and later it was captured by the ...
Bethshemesh

Bethshemesh  

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1. A city, 25 km. (16 miles) SW of Jerusalem, for which Israelites and Philistines contested. The Ark of the Covenant was returned here after it had been captured and temporarily retained by the ...
Book of Exodus

Book of Exodus  

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This OT Book records the events attending the ‘Exodus’ (i.e. the release of the Israelites under Moses from their Egyptian bondage) and the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. Its authorship has ...
candle

candle  

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Candles of wax or tallow took the place of lamps used in various Jewish rituals such as the Sabbath lights; in the Havdalah ceremony; and the Hanukkah lights. A synagogue had to be well lit and pious ...
cherubim

cherubim  

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The Hebrew word, which is plural in form, denotes the second of the nine orders of angels.
Commandments, the Ten

Commandments, the Ten  

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Precepts divinely revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai and engraved on two tablets of stone. The text is preserved in two closely similar versions (Exod. 20: 1–17 and Deut. 5: 6–21). Their dating has been ...
Covenant

Covenant  

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In theology, an agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people. The Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David. In ...
covenant

covenant  

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(Old French covenant, agreement, from covenir, to agree or meet, from Latin convenire, to come together)(1) A formal undertaking, agreement or promise made in a deed (contract under seal).[...]
cultic interpretation

cultic interpretation  

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The religious history of Israel would be nothing without the cult: worship, sacrifice, ritual. Before the first king was anointed by Samuel, there existed a cult round the Ark of the Covenant which ...
Dagon.

Dagon.  

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In the Bible, a national deity of the ancient Philistines, represented as a fish-tailed man. The name comes via Latin and Greek from Hebrew dāḡōn, perhaps from dāḡān ‘corn’, but said (according to ...
David

David  

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Male forename.King David (d. c.962 bc), king of Judah and Israel. In the biblical account he was the youngest son of Jesse, who killed the Philistine Goliath and, on Saul's death, became king, making ...
Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement  

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The annual Jewish fast day designed to cleanse the people from sin and to re-establish good relations between God and His chosen ones. Much of the ritual ordered in the OT has necessarily lapsed, but ...
Decalogue

Decalogue  

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Another name for the Ten Commandments; the name is recorded from late Middle English, and comes via French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek dekalogos (biblos) ‘(book of) the Ten Commandments’, ...
dove

dove  

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The dove is used as a Christian symbol for peace and reconciliation, for the Holy Spirit, for the Church, and for the individual soul regenerated by Baptism. The ‘Eucharistic Dove’ is a hollow ...
Ebenezer

Ebenezer  

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The Israelites were defeated and the Ark captured by the Philistines at Ebenezer (1 Sam. 4: 1–11 and 5: 1) but Samuel later named a stone Ebenezer when the area was recovered (1 Sam. 7: 2–12). The ...
Eli

Eli  

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In the Bible, the priest who acted as a teacher to the prophet Samuel, and whose successor Samuel became.
Eternal light

Eternal light  

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(Heb., ner tamid).The light kept burning before the ark in the Jewish synagogue. The ner tamid is a symbolic reminder of the golden seven-branched candlestick (menorah) which burned continually in ...
Flood

Flood  

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The biblical flood said in Genesis ch. 6–9 to have been brought by God upon earth because of the wickedness of the human race, and from which only Noah and his family were saved; in extended usage, ...
Gath

Gath  

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A Philistine city which was struck by disease when the Israelite Ark of the Covenant was taken there (1 Sam. 5: 6 ff.). Nevertheless David was hospitably received in Gath during his flight from Saul ...

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