Bible Dictionary
(* = the name meaning)


An Israelite from Bethlehem who served as ninth judge of Israel after Jephthah. He judged Israel seven years.
Judges 12:8-10
A false god; an image of a god made of stone, wood, or metal; a statue that people worshiped. Most Canaanites worshiped idols of Ashtoreth, Baal, Chemosh, Dagon, or Molech. The second of the Ten Commandments says, "Do not make idols of any kind" (Exodus 20:4).
Exodus 32:4
Psalm 24:4
1 Corinthians 10:19
Worship of idols. Idolatry was a constant temptation for the Israelites. It is one of the main reasons for the Exile.
1 Samuel 15:23
Colossains 3:5
A likeness, portrayal, representation, copy, replica, or picture. God created people in his image.
Genesis 1:27
 Acts 17:29
An idol.
Leviticus 26:1
Revelation 13:14
image of God
(im-ij uhv god)
This term has two meanings in the Bible:
Genesis 1:27
A copy or likeness of God. The Bible describes people in this way. It means that we are like God in some ways.
God himself in a body. The Bible describes Jesus Christ in this way. It means he is "visible God." This is often called the Incarnation.
2 Corinthians 4:4
Immanuel (* God with us)
A Hebrew word that means "God with us." Isaiah's prophesies use it to describe the Messiah.
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 8:8
Matthew 1:23
Adjective: Corrupt, bad, evil, wicked, hostile to God's will.
Proverbs 6:23-24
Ephesians 5:5
Noun: A person who is corrupt, bad, or evil; a person who purposely breaks God's law; a wicked person.
Hebrews 13:4
Revelation 22:15
The appearance of God in the flesh; God taking on a human body; God becoming a human being. The term describes the coming of Jesus Christ. The word itself does not appear in the Bible, but the idea does: "So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us" (John 1:14).
1 Timothy 3:16
Money, property, or anything else that passes from a parent to a child because of the family relationship. The Bible often uses the word "inheritance" to describe Canaan because of God's covenant with Israel. It also describes salvation, heaven, glory, immortality, the earth, the kingdom of God, and eternal life as blessings that every Christian inherits.
Genesis 31:14
Ephessians 5:5
An older word for sin that is found in some translations of the Bible.
Psalm 25:11
Micah 2:1
See God-breathed
Isaac  (* Laughter)
Only son of Abraham and Sarah; the "son of promise"; half-brother of Ishmael; father of Jacob and Esau. Isaac became the ancestor of the Israelites.
Genesis 21:3-5
Hebrews 11:9
An Israelite prophet who preached to the southern kingdom of Judah during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, and Manasseh. Isaiah is famous for the statement, "I am a sinful man and a member of a sinful race. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!" (Isaiah 6:5). He was the son of Amoz and lived in Jerusalem. During Hezekiah's reign, he served as a key part of the king's faith and resistance to the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem. Micah lived and prophesied at about the same time. Isaiah's prophesies are recorded in the book of Isaiah.
2 Kings 19:2
2 Chronicles 32:20
Romans 10:20
Isaiah, book of
(eye-zay-uh, buk uhv)
Twenty-third book of the Old Testament and first of the major prophets. The book of Isaiah records God's call of the prophet Isaiah, his messages  to Judah, and the defeat of Sennacherib's army. The book is famous for its many prophesies about the Messiah, especially those in chapters 9 and 53.
Isaiah 2:1
Romans 15:12
Ishmael (* May God Hear)
Son of Abraham and Hagar, and half-brother of Isaac; ancestor of the Ishmaelites (Arabs).  Ishmael was born 13 years before Isaac and lived with the family until Isaac was two years old. Sarah grew jealous and sent Ishmael and his mother away. But God promised to protect Ishmael and make him into a great nation.
Genesis 16:15-16
Israelite army officer who betrayed and assassinated Gedaliah; son of Nethaniah.
2 Kings 25:25
Israelite commander who helped Jehoiada restore Joash to the throne; son of Jehohan.
2 Chronicles 23:1
People who trace their roots to Ishmael; the Arabs.
Genesis 37:27
Judges 8:24
  The name that God gave to Jacob after they wrestled in Peniel. The name means "strive."
Genesis 32:28
The nation that descended from Isaac's son Jacob; the Israelites; the Hebrews; God's chosen people.
Exodus 12:19
  The northern kingdom of ten tribes that split from Rehoboam and chose Jeroboam as their king after Solomon's death (the southern kingdom became Judah). This kingdom had 21 kings.
2 Chronicles 27:7
The nation of Israel; people who trace their roots to Isaac's son Jacob.
Genesis 32:32
Genesis 47:27
2 Corinthians 11:22
Jacob's son and the tribe of Israel named after him. Leah was his mother.
Genesis 30:18
The land allotted to the tribe of Issachar.
Ezekiel 48:25-26
A temple gatekeeper during the time of David; son of Obed-Edom.
1Chronicles 27:18

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