Earth - Popular Cyclopedia Biblical Literature

Besides the ordinary senses of the word or words rendered 'earth' in our translation—namely, as denoting mold, the surface of the earth, and the terrestrial globe—there are others in Scripture which require to be discriminated.

1. 'The earth' denotes 'the inhabitants of the earth' (Gen 6:11; Gen 11:1).

2. Heathen countries, as distinguished from the land of Israel, especially during the theocracy, i.e. all the rest of the world excepting Israel (2Ki 18:25; 2Ch 13:9, etc.).

3. In the New Testament especially, 'the earth' appears in our translation as applied to the land of Judea. As in many of these passages it might seem as if the habitable globe were intended, the use of so ambiguous a term as 'the earth' should have been avoided, and the original rendered by 'the land,' as in Lev 25:23; Isa 10:23; and elsewhere. This is the sense which the original bears in Mat 23:35; Mat 27:45; Mar 15:33; Luk 4:25; Luk 21:23; Rom 9:28; Jam 5:17.

Consult other dictionaries:

Earth - American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Earth - Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Earth - Easton's Bible Dictionary

Earth - Synonyms of the Old Testament

Earth - Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Earth - Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Earth - The Poor Man’s Concordance and Dictionary to the Sacred Scriptures

Earth - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Earth - Concise Bible Dictionary

Earth - Nave's Topical Bible

Earth - People's Dictionary of the Bible

Earth - Smith's Bible Dictionary

Earth - A Symbolical Dictionary

Earth - Thompson Chain-Reference Bible

Earth - Vine's Dictionary of New Testament Words

Earth - Biblical and Theological Dictionary

Earth - Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types

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