Bible Dictionary
(* = the name meaning)


"My great one," a title given to teachers of the law among the Jews.
Mark 14:45
John 3:2
Rachel          (*  Ewe or sheep)
 Daughter of Laban and younger sister of Leah. Rachel became famous for her part in the story of Jacob. Jacob agreed to work seven years for Rachel's hand in marriage but ended up having to work seven more years. Rachel became the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.
Genesis 29:9-12
Genesis 35:24
Rahab           (*  wide)
A prostitute from Jericho who helped the Israelite spies and became a hero for her faith in God even though she lived among the Canaanites. Rahab was rescued from Jericho's destruction.
Joshua 2:1-21
Joshua 6:22-23
Hebrews 11:31
A nickname for Egypt.
Name for a powerful being or force that God can easily defeat.
Psalm 87:4
Isaiah 30:7
Job 9:13
Sign of God's promise never to destroy all living things with a flood.
Genesis 9:16
Ramath Lehi                   (*  hill of the jawbone)
(ray-muhth lee-hye)
The place in the lowlands of Judah where Samson killed a thousand Philistines with a jawbone; also called Lehi "Lehi" means "jawbone hill."
Judges 15:17
Rameses                    (*  child of the sun)
Another name for Goshen.
Genesis 47:71
One of two cities built by the Hebrew slaves in Egypt before the Exodus. The other city was Pithom.
Exodus 1:11
Exodus 12:37
Ramoth Gilead       (*  heights of Gileod)
(ray-moth gil-ee-ad)
A city in the land allotted to Gad and one of the six cities of refuge. By the time of Solomon, Ramoth Gilead was an important fortified city on the border with Syria.
Deuteronomy 4:43
2 Kings 9:14
The time when all believers in Christ will be taken to be with Jesus at his second coming. The word "rapture" does not appear in the Bible; it is used to describe the event Like the return of Christ, no one knows when the rapture will happen.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
To harvest.
Leviticus 23:22
1 Corinthians 9:11
2 Corinthians 9:6
Rebecca                   (* ensnarer)
See Rebekah
Daughter of Bethuel, wife of Isaac, and mother of Jacob and Esau. Rebekah is famous for being a hard worker but also for helping Jacob deceive Isaac. Rebekah is featured in the stories of Genesis 24-49.
Genesis 24:64-67
Genesis 27:13-18
Being born again.
Titus 3:4-5
The making of peace between people; settlement of differences. Reconciliation is an important part of salvation. Christ came to bring reconciliation between people and God.
Romans 5:11
Romans 11:15
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Red Sea
(red see)
Means, "Sea of Reeds." The term refers to at least three bodies of water:
A series of lakes in the northeast of Egypt directly west of Shur known as the Bitter Lakes. It is called the Sea of Reeds because of the numbers of reeds that grow there.
Exodus 13:18,21-31
The narrow body of water between Sinai and the continent of Africa, known today as the Gulf of Suez.
Numbers 33:10-11
The narrow body of water between Sinai and the Arabian peninsula, known today as the Gulf of Aqabah.
Deuteronomy 2:1
A person who recovers, buys back, or ransoms something. Jesus is our redeemer.
Ruth 4:8, 14
Job 19:25
The Christian doctrine that Jesus Christ paid the price so his people could go free; that Jesus Christ is our redeemer.  Redemption is one of the key ideas mentioned in the book of Romans.
Ephesians 4:30
Hebrews 9:12
reed, reeds
(reed, reedz)
A reference to some species of tall grass that grow in marshes and shallow lakes. The most famous is papyrus, but the term also applied to cattails and other water grasses.
Exodus 2:3
Matthew 11:7
Revelation 11:1
See rebirth
A levitical city in the land allotted to Issachar.
Joshua 21:31
Rehoboam           (*  Enlarged)
Son of Solomon and first king of the southern kingdom of Judah. Rehoboam's rule over only two tribes of Israel, Benjamin and Judah, resulted from Solomon's idolatry. The prophet Ahijah predicted that Jeroboam would rebel and take the other ten tribes away from Rehoboam, that is exactly what happened. The tragic story is told in 1 Kings 11 :26-12:24. Rehoboam reigned 17 years.
1 Kings 14:21-31
2Chronicles 10:1-12:16
An older word for forgiveness.
Matthew 26:28
Hebrews 9:22
Survivors; those who live through something awful.
2 Chronicles 36:20
A small number of people who remain faithful to God while others turn away from him. The apostle Paul called Christians a remnant of believers among the Jews.
Isaiah  6:9-13
Romans 9:27-29
To turn away from sin and turn back to God Repentance is one of the most important themes in the Bible. Many of the prophets urged the Jews to repent. Both John the Baptist and Jesus said, "Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near." Following Christ and receiving God's forgiveness requires that a person repent.
Ezekiel 18:32
Matthew 32;4:17
Acts 2:38
The act of turning away from sin and turning to God; sorrow for sin and turning away from it; to repent.
Isaiah 30:15
Matthew 3:11
2 Corinthians 7:9
A person who is very bad, no hope for salvation,
Romans 1:28-29
2 Timothy 3:8
Give back; restore. God's law requires criminals to make restitution to the victims.
Exodus 22:5-6
Leviticus 5:16
The resurrection of Christ. Three days after Jesus died, he rose from the dead, and now he lives in heaven.
Matthew 27:53
1 Peter 1:3
The resurrection of all believers. When Christ returns, he will raise back to life all those who have died.
Matthew 22:30-31
Acts 23:68
return of Christ
(ree-turn uhv kryste)
 A time still in the future when Jesus Christ will come back, defeat Satan and all evil, judge all people, and set up his kingdom; Christ's second coming. Jesus told his disciples that he would return, and that his coming would surprise everyone.
Matthew 24:33-44
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
Reuben                 (*  behold a son)
Jacob's oldest son and the tribe of Israel named after him. Reuben is famous for stopping his brothers from killing Joseph. Leah was his mother.
Genesis 29:32
The land allotted to the tribe of Reuben.
2 Kings 10:32-33
Revelation, book of
(rev-uh-lay-shuhn, buk uhv)
Twenty-seventh and last book of the New Testament, and the New Testament's only book of prophecy; also called the Apocalypse. The book is called "Revelation" because it "is a revelation from Jesus Christ" (1:1) to the apostle John. The book is famous for its detailed descriptions of heaven, the last day, the return of Christ, the defeat of Satan, the final day of judgment, and the New Jerusalem.
Revelation 1:1
Revelation 21:2
Rhoda                     (*  rose)
Servant girl who answered the door at John Mark's house when Peter was freed from prison.
Acts 12:13-17
Adjective: Good; perfect; upright; blameless without fault
Genesis 7:1
 Romans 2:13
Noun: "the righteous"; people who love God and act to please him; people who are good, perfect, blameless, upright, or without fault
Genesis 18:25
1 Peter 3:12
Harmony with God, his will, and with others; goodness; perfection.
Deuteronomy 6:25
Galatian 2:21
People who lived in Rome or citizens of the Roman Empire in New Testament times. The apostle Paul was a Roman citizen.
John 11:48
Christians of the church in Rome. Paul never visited Rome, but he did write the book of Romans to them.
Romans 1:7, 15
Romans, book of
(roh-muhnz, buk uhv)
Sixth book of the New Testament, a letter written by the apostle Paul to the churches of Rome. Paul wrote the letter because he planned to go to Rome on his way to Spain and he wanted to prepare the believers there for his visit. The letter explains Christianity in more detail than any other single book. It explains sin, the law, and salvation. It explains why God created the church and how the church relates to Israel. It also explains spiritual gifts and many Christian duties. The letter was written in A.D. 57.
Romans 1:7, 15
Romans 13:11
Romans 3:25
Important city in Italy and capital of the Roman Empire in New Testament times. Rome had over a million citizens when Jesus was on earth. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans to the Christians of this city.
Acts 23:11
2 Timothy 1:16-18
Moabite widow who traveled with her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem and married Boaz; mother of Obed; grandmother of Jesse; great-grandmother of David. Ruth was Mahlon's widow before leaving Moab. She is most famous for her devotion to Naomi and for saying to her, "I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God" (Ruth 1:16). Her story is told in the book of Ruth.
Ruth 1:3-5
Ruth, book of
(rooth, buk uhv)
Eighth book of the Old Testament and third of the books of history. The book of Ruth tells how God restored Naomi's hope and faith through the loyalty of her daughter-in-law Ruth. It was written during the time of the judges.
Ruth 1:16-18
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