What does Hero mean in the Bible?


Webster's Dictionary - Hero
(n.) The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Aeneas in the Aeneid.
(n.) An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.
(n.) A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Hero
A. Nouns.
Gibbôr (גִּבֹּר, Strong's #1368), “hero.” This word appears 159 times in the Old Testament. The first occurrence of gibbôr is in Gen. 6:4: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
In the context of battle, the word is better understood to refer to the category of warriors. The gibbôr is the proven warrior; especially is this true when gibbôr is used in combination with chayil (“strength”). The KJV gives a literal translation, “mighty men [1] of valor [2],” whereas the NIV renders the phrase idiomatically, “fighting men” (cf. Josh. 1:14). David, who had proven himself as a warrior, attracted “heroes” to his band while he was being pursued by Saul (2 Sam. 23). When David was enthroned as king, these men became a part of the elite military corps. The phrase gibbôr chayil may also refer to a man of a high social class, the landed man who had military responsibilities. Saul came from such a family (1 Sam. 9:1); so also Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:28).
The king symbolized the strength of his kingdom. He had to lead his troops in battle, and as commander he was expected to be a “hero.” Early in David’s life, he was recognized as a “hero” (1 Sam. 18:7). The king is described as a “hero”: “Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most Mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty” (Ps. 45:3). The messianic expectation included the hope that the Messiah would be “mighty”: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).
Israel’s God was a mighty God (Isa. 10:21). He had the power to deliver: “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zeph. 3:17). Jeremiah’s moving confession (32:17ff.) bears out the might of God in creation (v. 17) and in redemption (vv. 18ff.). The answer to the emphatic question, “Who is this King of glory?” in Psalm 24 is: “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” (v. 8).
The Septuagint gives the following translations: dunatos (“powerful; strong; mighty; able ruler”) and ischuros (“strong; mighty; powerful”). The KJV gives these senses: “mighty men; mighty one; strong; violent.”
Geber (גֶּבֶר, Strong's #1397), “man.” This word occurs 66 times in the Old Testament, once in 1 Chron. 23:3: “Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.”
B. Verb.
Gâbar (גָּבַר, Strong's #1396), “to be strong.” The root meaning “to be strong” appears in all Semitic languages as a verb or a noun, but the verb occurs only 25 times in the Old Testament. Job 21:7 contains an occurrence of gâbar: “Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?”
C. Adjective.
Gibbôr (גִּבֹּר, Strong's #1368), “strong.” Gibbôr may be translated by the adjective “strong” in the following contexts: a “strong” man (1 Sam. 14:52), a “strong” lion (Prov. 30:30), a mighty hunter (Gen. 10:9), and the mighty ones (Gen. 6:1-4).

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Heroes - ) of Hero...
Herod - Son of a Hero
Nergal - The great man; the Hero
Meribbaal - (meh rib buh' uhl) Personal name of disputed meaning: “opponent of Baal,” “obstinacy of Baal,” “beloved or Hero of Baal,” or “Baal defends. See 1 Chronicles 8:34 ; 1 Chronicles 9:40 , the latter with the Hebrew spelling “hero” compared to the former's spelling “opponent
Heroship - ) The character or personality of a Hero
Doughty - ) Able; strong; valiant; redoubtable; as, a doughty Hero
Achillean - ) Resembling Achilles, the Hero of the Iliad; invincible
Razis - The Hero of a narrative in 2Ma 14:37 ff
Heroic - ) Worthy of a Hero; bold; daring; brave; illustrious; as, Heroic action; Heroic enterprises. ) Of or pertaining to, or like, a Hero; of the nature of Heroes; distinguished by the existence of Heroes; as, the Heroic age; an Heroic people; Heroic valor
Aeneid - ) The great epic poem of Virgil, of which the Hero is Aeneas
Undoubted - ) Not doubted; not called in question; indubitable; indisputable; as, undoubted proof; undoubted Hero
Shama - ” Military Hero under David (1 Chronicles 11:44 )
Redoubtable - ) Formidable; dread; terrible to foes; as, a redoubtable Hero; hence, valiant; - often in contempt or burlesque
Heroism - ) The qualities characteristic of a Hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc
Demigod - ) A half god, or an inferior deity; a fabulous Hero, the offspring of a deity and a mortal
Eponymy - , from that of a fabulous Hero, progenitor, etc
Chelubai - (chih lyoo' bawee) Hebrew variant of Caleb, the Hero of the spy narratives (Numbers 13-14 )
Jahdiel - ” Military Hero and leader in the East Manasseh tribe (1 Chronicles 5:24 )
Ramayana - The Hero and Heroine are Rama and his wife Sita
Joshaviah - Military Hero under David (1 Chronicles 11:46 )
Eliphal - ” Military Hero under David (1 Chronicles 11:35 )
Jerijah - Military Hero of the Hebronite clan (1 Chronicles 26:31 ), possibly identical with Jeriah
Hanniel - A Hero of the tribe of Asher ( 1 Chronicles 7:39 )
Ner'Gal - (hero ), one of the chief Assyrian and Babylonian deities, seems to have corresponded closely to the classical Mars
Fabulous - ) Feigned, as a story or fable; related in fable; devised; invented; not real; fictitious; as, a fabulous description; a fabulous Hero
Joha - Military Hero in David's army (1 Chronicles 11:45 )
Bayard, Chevalier de - (1475-1524) French knight and national Hero, renowned for his bravery
Terrail, Pierre du - (1475-1524) French knight and national Hero, renowned for his bravery
Ishmaiah -
A Gibeonite who joined David at Ziklag, "a Hero among the thirty and over the thirty" (1 Chronicles 12:4 )
Boswellian - Johnson's biographer, James Boswell, whose Hero worship made his narrative a faithful but often uncritical record of details
Hercules - ) A Hero, fabled to have been the son of Jupiter and Alcmena, and celebrated for great strength, esp
Perseus - ) A Grecian legendary Hero, son of Jupiter and Danae, who slew the Gorgon Medusa
Shamma - Spelling of name of a military Hero under David (2 Samuel 23:11 ; compare 2Samuel 23:25,2 Samuel 23:33 where Hebrew spelling is “Shammah”)
Joshaphat - Military Hero under David (1 Chronicles 11:43 )
Cid - ) An epic poem, which celebrates the exploits of the Spanish national Hero, Ruy Diaz
Decorate - ) To deck with that which is becoming, ornamental, or honorary; to adorn; to beautify; to embellish; as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice; to decorate a lawn with flowers; to decorate the mind with moral beauties; to decorate a Hero with honors
Idolize - ) To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration; as, to idolize gold, children, a Hero
Kab'ze-el - (gathered by God ), one of the "cities" of the tribe of Judah, ( Joshua 15:21 ) the native place of the great Hero Benaiah ben-Jehoiada
Ben-Geber - (behn-gee' buhr) Personal name meaning, “son of Geber” or “son of a Hero
Helez - David's military Hero (2 Samuel 23:26 ) in charge of the army for the seventh month (1 Chronicles 27:10 )
Bluebeard - ) The Hero of a mediaeval French nursery legend, who, leaving home, enjoined his young wife not to open a certain room in his castle
Epic - ) An epic or Heroic poem. ) Narrated in a grand style; pertaining to or designating a kind of narrative poem, usually called an Heroic poem, in which real or fictitious events, usually the achievements of some Hero, are narrated in an elevated style
Chelub - A descendant of the tribe of Judah (1 Chronicles 4:10 ), probably to be identified with Caleb, the Hero of the spy narrative of Numbers 13-14
Hezrai - ” KJV reading of name of David's military Hero (2 Samuel 23:25 ) following an early scribal note on the Hebrew text
Arba - ('Αr Βaal "hero of Baal"
Geber - (gee' buhr) Personal name meaning, “young man” or “hero
Magnanimity - 2: ...
See articles COURAGE, FORTITUDE, in this work; Steel's Christian Hero; Watts on Self- Murder
Boaz - Hero of Book of Ruth, a wealthy relative of Naomi's husband
Champion - A Hero a brave warrior
Hepher - A Hero in David's wilderness army (1 Chronicles 11:36 )
Service of God: the Honour of - Of the old Hero the minstrel sang: ...
'With his Yemen sword for aid; Ornament it carried none, But the notches on the blade
Nergal - Nergal (ner'gal), man-devourer, great Hero
Jaasiel - Army Hero under David whose home town was Zobah (1 Chronicles 11:47 )
Drivel - ) To be weak or foolish; to dote; as, a driveling Hero; driveling love
Shaalbim - David's military Hero Eliahba came from Shaalbim (2 Samuel 23:32 )
Ishmaiah - Military Hero from Gibeon in charge of David's select “thirty” warriors (1 Chronicles 12:4 ), though he is not listed among the “thirty” in 2 Samuel 23:1 or 1 Chronicles 11:1
Nemrod - Descendant of Chus, represented as the founder of the Babylonian Empire (Genesis 10) and "a mighty hunter before the Lord," identified by some as Gilgamesh, the Hero of the Babylonian epic
Nimrod - Descendant of Chus, represented as the founder of the Babylonian Empire (Genesis 10) and "a mighty hunter before the Lord," identified by some as Gilgamesh, the Hero of the Babylonian epic
Tartak - In Ρehlevi tar thakh means "deep darkness", "hero of darkness"
Chappion - one who in ancient times contended in single combat in behalf of another's honor or rights; or one who acts or speaks in behalf of a person or a cause; a defender; an advocate; a Hero
Myth - ) A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a Hero, the origin of a race, etc
Guise, Henri - When the Catholic League was formed, 1576, he became its Hero, and virtual leader against the Protestants under Henry of Navarre
Henri Guise - When the Catholic League was formed, 1576, he became its Hero, and virtual leader against the Protestants under Henry of Navarre
Anak, Anakim - Arba was a Hero of the Anakim (Judges 14:15 )
Haroun-al-Raschid, Caliph of Baghdad - He is best known as a Hero of "Arabian Nights
Nergal - ’ The god is sometimes in the non-Semitic texts called Ner-unu-gal , ‘hero of the lower world,’ evidently indicating his connexion with death and destruction
Vespasian - He was born into a wealthy family and became a military Hero as commander of a legion under Emperor Claudius
az'Rikam - ) ...
Governor of the house, or prefect of the palace, to King Ahaz, who was slain by Zichri, an Ephraimite Hero, in the successful invasion of the southern kingdom by Pekah king of Israel
King david - A shepherd boy, he rose to fame after slaying the Philistine Hero Goliath
David, king - A shepherd boy, he rose to fame after slaying the Philistine Hero Goliath
Jahaziel - Benjaminite military Hero who supported David against Saul, also of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 12:4 )
Shammah - Another of David's military Heroes (2 Samuel 23:33 ) or, with a slight change of the Hebrew text suggested by many commentators, the father of Jonathan, the military Hero (REB, NRSV, NIV)
Gabriel - ("hero of God"
Elihu - Mighty military Hero under David (1 Chronicles 26:7 )
Kiriath-Arba - According to some, Kiriath-Arba was originally named after Arba the Anakite Hero (Joshua 14:15 ; see Joshua 15:13 )
Archangel, Gabriel the - (Hebrew: Hero of God) ...
One of the seven angels who "stand before God
Gabriel the Archangel - (Hebrew: Hero of God) ...
One of the seven angels who "stand before God
Worthy - ) To render worthy; to exalt into a Hero
Hero - ...
Gibbôr (גִּבֹּר, Strong's #1368), “hero. David, who had proven himself as a warrior, attracted “heroes” to his band while he was being pursued by Saul (2 Sam. He had to lead his troops in battle, and as commander he was expected to be a “hero. ” Early in David’s life, he was recognized as a “hero” (
Heldai - He is apparently the same as Heled, David's military Hero (1 Chronicles 11:30 ), called Haleb in 2 Samuel 23:29
Asher - Asher and Simeon were the only tribes west of the Jordan which furnished no Hero or judge for the nation
Be - ) To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, - a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a Hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man
Academy - ) A garden or grove near Athens (so named from the Hero Academus), where Plato and his followers held their philosophical conferences; hence, the school of philosophy of which Plato was head
Be - ) To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, - a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a Hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man
Joz'Abad - ) ...
A Hero of Manasseh, like the preceding
Cinnamon - It was known to the Hebrews (Exodus 30:23, Proverbs 7:17, Song of Solomon 4:14); and Hero dotus (iii
Sake - The Hero fights for the sake of glory men labor for the sake of subsistence or wealth
Ferdinand, Blessed - Calderon has made him the Hero of his drama, "El Principe Constante
Jephthah - Considered as one of Yahweh's “chief” deliverers of his people (1 Samuel 12:11 ), Jephthah is hailed by the author of Hebrews as a Hero of faith (Hebrews 11:32 )
Samson - (Σαμψών)...
Samson was the popular Hero of the tribe of Dan who began to deliver Israel from the Philistines, the Nazirite whose secret of strength lay in his hair, the blinded giant who prayed for power to avenge himself and his country in the hour of his death (Judges 13-16)
Hinnom, Valley of - ) "The son of Hinnom" was some ancient Hero who encamped there (Stanley, Sinai and Palestine, 172)
Zich'ri - ) ...
An Ephraimite Hero in the invading army of Pekah the son of Remaliah
Nehemias - The Hero of 2Esdras, and cupbearer at the Persian court of Susa, who obtained the commission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes I (445 B
Nehemiah - The Hero of 2Esdras, and cupbearer at the Persian court of Susa, who obtained the commission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes I (445 B
Noah - ’ In one tradition Noah is the Hero of the Flood, and answers to Ut-napishtim in the Bab
Saul - The story of the Hero who was called against his will to the throne, and who lived and died fighting for the liberty of his country, has all the elements of high tragedy
Orion - ) Sabaism or worship of the heavenly hosts and Hero worship were blended in his person
Romance - ) A species of fictitious writing, originally composed in meter in the Romance dialects, and afterward in prose, such as the tales of the court of Arthur, and of Amadis of Gaul; hence, any fictitious and wonderful tale; a sort of novel, especially one which treats of surprising adventures usually befalling a Hero or a Heroine; a tale of extravagant adventures, of love, and the like
John of Austria, Don - Catholic Hero, born Ratisbon, Bavaria, 1545; died Namur, Belgium, 1578
Austria, John of, Don - Catholic Hero, born Ratisbon, Bavaria, 1545; died Namur, Belgium, 1578
Reat - ) Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great Hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc
Cherethites And Pelethites - Unwillingness to believe that foreigners stood so near the national Hero led certain Jewish scholars to assert that the two clans were Israelites
Nergal - A Hamite name ("great Hero"
Leprosy - Jesus even made a leper the Hero of one of His parables (Luke 16:19-31 )
Noah - —The Hero of the Hebrew version of the Semitic tradition of the Flood; mentioned twice in the Gospels
Noah - —The Hero of the Hebrew version of the Semitic tradition of the Flood; mentioned twice in the Gospels
Hinnom - " It took its name from "some ancient Hero, the son of Hinnom
Daniel - He certainly was not a younger man than the prophet who refers to him, as the Hero of the Book of Daniel would have been
Hart - In 2 Samuel 1:19 , Saul is denominated "the roe of Israel;" and in the eighteenth verse of the ensuing chapter, we are told that "Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe:" a phraseology perfectly synonymous with the epithet swift-footed, which Homer has so frequently bestowed upon his Hero Achilles
Job - ) The Hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the typical patient man
Ezer - The second Hebrew meaning is “help” or “hero
Man - "Geber ," "a mighty man, war-like Hero", from gabar , "to be strong"
Nimrod - as the first of the ‘heroes,’ ‘a mighty hunter before the Lord,’ the ruler of four ancient Babylonian cities, and the founder of the Assyrian Empire. The nearest Babylonian parallel to the figure of Nimrod as yet discovered is Gilgamesh , the tyrant of Erech, whose adventures are recorded in the famous series of tablets to which the Deluge-story belongs, and who is supposed to be the Hero so often represented on seals and palace-reliefs in victorious combat with a lion
Cycle - ) The circle of subjects connected with the exploits of the Hero or Heroes of some particular period which have served as a popular theme for poetry, as the legend of Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, and that of Charlemagne and his paladins
ab'Ner - He then undertook to procure his recognition throughout Israel; but after leaving his presence for the purpose was enticed back by Joab, and treacherously murdered by him and his brother Abishai, at the gate of the city, partly, no doubt, from fear lest so distinguished a convert to their cause should gain too high a place in David's favor, but ostensibly in retaliation for the death of Asahel. David in sorrow and indignation, poured forth a simple dirge over the slain Hero
Fortitude - 1: Steele's Christian Hero; Mason's Ser
Descent to Hades - The idea of descent to Hades was a theme of many ancient religions to describe the work of a religious Hero
Academics - Academia is said to derive its name from one Academus, a god or Hero so called
Abner - He then undertook to procure David's recognition throughout Israel; but after leaving his presence for the purpose was enticed back by Joab, and treacherously murdered by him and his brother Abishai, at the gate of the city, ostensibly in retaliation for the death of Asahel; really, we may suppose, through jealousy, as he would have at least rivalled Joab in position. David, though unable to punish the powerful brothers, solemnized Abner's funeral with great respect and general mourning, and poured forth a simple dirge over the slain Hero
Act - ) To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the Hero
Asher - Perhaps Asher's greatest Hero was Anna, the prophetess who bore witness to the baby Jesus (Luke 2:36-38 )
Glory - The Hero pants for glory in the field
Samuel First And Second Books of - The name of the books probably arises from the fact that Samuel is the Hero of the first part
Archangel - The archangels Michael (Daniel 10:13 ; Daniel 12:1 ; Enoch 9:1; 10:11), Gabriel (Daniel 8:16 ; Enoch 9:1; 20:7; 40:9), Raphael (Tobit 3:17 ; Tobit 12:15 ; Enoch 10:4; 40:9) and Uriel (Enoch 9:1; 19:1; 20:2) gain particular Hero status. In particular, Michael (Daniel 10:13 ,Daniel 10:13,10:21 ; Daniel 12:1 ; Jude 1:9 ; Assumption of Moses 12:7-9), Gabriel (gabriel , “hero of God”; Daniel 8:16 ; Daniel 9:21 ; Luke 1:19 ,Luke 1:19,1:26 ), and Raphael (rapael “God has healed”; a chief figure in the book of Tobit, see Tobit 3:16-17 ) were cast as important interpreters, advocates, and intercessors
Jainism - He sacrificed all to follow Brahman asceticism, and was called Mahavira, Hero, and Jina, conqueror
Gideon - ...
The Hero of faith (Hebrews 11:32 ) ended life on a sad note
ma-Ase'Iah - ...
The "king's son," killed by Zichri the Ephraimitish Hero in the invasion of Judah by Pekah king of Israel, during the reign of Ahaz
Jonah - The Hero or rather anti-hero is mentioned in 2 Kings 14:23-29 as active in the reign of Jeroboam II (about 785-745 B
Jeshua - Name for conquest Hero Joshua, son of Nun (Nehemiah 8:17 )
Insurrection - Its use in these passages is important as showing that Barabbas was not merely a robber (λῃστής, John 18:40), but also a leader in one of those fierce fanatical out bursts which were so common in the last years of the Jewish nation, especially from the accession of Herod. Such men had a deep hold on the popular sympathy, which goes to explain the strong demand of the people for the release of their Hero, and the interest which the priests showed on behalf of Barabbas, notwithstanding their pretence to holiness
Samson - The son of Manoah of the tribe of Dan, Samson was a legendary Hero who frequently did battle against the Philistines who, at that time, “had dominion over Israel” (Judges 14:4 ). He is listed with the Heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:32 , because his strength came from God and because in his dying act, he demonstrated his faith
Judas - ” The proper name Judas was very common in the time of Christ because it was not only the Greek form of one of the twelve patriarchs, but it was also made popular by the Jewish Hero Judas Maccabaeus who led the nation in their fight for independence from Syria in 166 B
Hymn - The Greek word signified specifically a poem in praise of a god or Hero, but it is used, less exactly, also for a religious poem, even one of petition
Holy Grail, the - To the first class belong: the poetic "Conte del Graal" of Chrestien de Troyes (1180-1240) in which the Grail (not explained) has no religious character and the Hero is Percival; "Parzival" by Wolfram von Eschenbach (1205-1215), based on the work of the French Guiot (Kyot), which conceives of the Grail as guarded in a castle by a special order of knights, Templeisen, who are nourished by its miraculous food-giving power; the Welsh folk-tales or the "Mabinogion" (13th century); and the English poem "Sir Percyvelle" (15th century)
Fool - 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, and Carlyle’s comment upon Napoleon: ‘He did not know true from false now when he looked at them,-the fearfulest penalty a man pays for yielding to untruth of heart’ Daniel, Book of - Generally, apocalyptic writings bear the name of ancient Heroes such as Adam, Enoch, or Baruch, who demonstrated in their time the type of character needed in the current situation of the writer. ...
Daniel 1:8-6:28 shows how in history Israelite Heroes stood firm in their resolve to stay true to God and their heritage. In six different situations an Israelite Hero faced extreme pressure to forsake God and tradition for personal safety and gain. In each case the Hero resisted threats or danger of loss of life with no assurance of victory other than his faith. As the ancient Heroes remained faithful, so people facing the despot could double their resolve and experience victorious faith. ...
A second stance emphasizes Daniel's relationship to other apocalyptic literature in which writers often use the names of ancient Heroes to describe history long past to bring a message to a present generation facing extreme persecution. Writing in the name of the ancient Hero gives authority to the writing and protection in the situation of extreme danger. This stance views Daniel as the Hero but not the author of the book
Samson - Perhaps it gave too unfavourable a picture of the Hero’s love-affairs. Every people has its Hero of prodigious strength, to whom marvellous feats are ascribed, and it becomes a hopeless task to discover the precise historical basis of the legends, which in this case are undoubtedly of great antiquity. the killing of the lion, the miraculous satisfying of the Hero’s thirst, and his ruin at the hand of a woman. The whole story gives us a valuable insight into the life of the people; we note the grim rough humour of its Hero, so entirely natural (ch. Samson is a popular Hero, and we shall expect the directly religious interest of the story to be subordinate. He is a popular Hero, and the permanent value of the story is to be sought in its ethical lessons . But if Samson stands as an example ‘of impotence of mind in body strong,’ he also stands, in Milton’s magnificent conception, as an example of patriotism and Heroism in death, to all who ‘from his memory inflame their breast to matchless valour and adventures high
Areopagus - ...
With the temple of Mars near, the Parthenon of Minerva facing him, and the sanctuary of the Eumenides just below him, the beautiful temple of Theseus, the national Hero (still remaining) in view, what divine power he needed to nerve him to declare, "God that made the world
Jon'Athan, - Saul would have sacrificed him; but the people interposed in behalf of the Hero of that great day, and Jonathan was saved. ) ...
One of David's Heroes
Gideon - ...
Gideon was now a national Hero
Asher - of Jordan which produced no Hero or judge
u'Rim And Thum'Mim - ( Numbers 20:28 ) When Joshua is solemnly appointed to succeed the great Hero-law-giver he is bidden to stand before Eleazar, the priest, "who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim," and this counsel is to determine the movements of the host of Israel
Merits - Even the captain did not seem very grateful; so our Hero ventured, in a roundabout style to hint, that such valuable services as his, having saved the vessel, ought to be rewarded at least with some few words of acknowledgment; when he was shocked to hear the captain say, 'What, sir, do you think you saved the vessel? Why, I gave you that rope to hold to keep you engaged, that you might not be in such a feverish state of alarm
Chief - Gibbor is the manly one or Hero ( 1 Chronicles 9:26 )
Reu'Ben - No Judge, no prophet, no Hero of the tribe of Reuben is handed down to us
Macedonia - Among them, Zeus as the father of Makedon, founding Hero of the Macedonians, and Herakles are the two most important deities. In the cities of Thessalonica and Philippi, one Cabirus was venerated as the founding Hero of the city. This originally Thracian Hero became the prototype for the Christian saint George
Daniel - The most common usage of “Daniel” refers to the Hero of the Book of Daniel
Daniel, Prophet - (Hebrew: God is my Judge) ...
The Hero and traditional author of the book of the Old Testament which bears his name
Uz - The evidence of the Book of Job itself about its Hero’s home seems to favour the neighbourhood of Edom or N. of Palestine, and that the Book of Job appears to represent its Hero as living in the neighbourhood of the Arabian or Syro-Arabian desert
Lot - Lot has recently been connected with the people called on the Egyptian monuments Rotanu or Lotanu, who is supposed to have been the Hero of the Edomite tribe Lotan
Charlemagne - Charlemagne is the Hero of a cycle of romance in the Middle Ages
Charles the Great - Charlemagne is the Hero of a cycle of romance in the Middle Ages
Fail - In bold enterprises, courage should never fail the Hero
Flood - The Akkadian and Hebrew stories parallel each other in the following ways: the naming of the Hero (Utnapishtim/Noah), the divine announcement of a flood, instructions to build a ship, the inclusion of animals in the ship, the dispatch of birds, the sacrifice the Hero offered after the waters subsided, and other related details
Dance - The women are represented as "coming out" to do this and meet the Hero. Herod's extravagant promise to Herodias' daughter shows that it was a rare deed in those regions (Mark 6:22-23)
Caleb - Assisted by a portion of his tribe, he marched against Hebron, and slew the children of Anak: thence he proceeded to Debir, and finding the place almost impregnable, he offered his daughter Achsah in marriage to the Hero that should take it
Dinah - Schechem, the prince, is the eponymous Hero of the city of that name
Idolatry - ...
Hero worship, the worship of deceased ancestors, or of Heroes
Hermon, Mount - Its highest peak is known as Qas Antar (“Fortress of Antar”), the black Hero of Arab legend
Jonathan - In David’s lament the spirit of the departed Hero speaks in unison with his friend: ‘Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women’ ( 2 Samuel 1:26 ). One of David’s Heroes ( 2 Samuel 23:32 , 1 Chronicles 11:34 )
Ark - ...
Extra-biblical Sources The Babylonian flood story, called the Gilgamesh epic, also tells of a large boat by which its Hero survived the flood
Herod - Herod (hĕr'od), Hero-like. Not less than six Herods exclusive of Archelaus are noted in Scripture:...
1. Herod the Great was the second son of Antipater and appointed procurator of Judæa by Julius Cæsar, b. But fresh additions were constantly made in succeeding years, so that it was said that the temple was building forty and six years, John 2:20, the work continuing long after Herod's death. Herod died at Jericho, b. Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, first married a daughter of Aretas, "king of Arabia Petræa," but afterward Herodias, the wife of his half brother, Herod Philip. Aretas, indignant at the insult to his daughter, invaded the territory of Herod, and defeated him with great loss. This defeat, according to the famous passage in Josephus, was attributed by many to the murder of John the Baptist, which had been committed by Antipas shortly before, under the influence of Herodias. At a later time Herodias urged him to go to florae to gain the title of king, cf. Herodias voluntarily shared his "punishment, and he died in exile. Pilate took occasion from our Lord's residence in Galilee to send Jesus to Herod Antipas, Luke 23:6 ff. Herod Philip I. , Philip, Mark 6:17, was the son of Herod the Great and Mariamne. He married Herodias, the sister of Agrippa I. Herod Philip II. was the son of Herod the Great and Cleopatra. He married Salome, the daughter of Herod Philip I. and Herodias. Herod Agrippa I. was the son of Aristobulus and Bernice, and grandson of Herod the Great. Herod Agrippa II. was the son of Herod Agrippa I
Lucius (11) - Records of these interviews are annexed to Athanasius's epistle to Jovian, and appear to have been read by Sozomen, who summarizes the complaints urged against the great Hero of orthodoxy
Communion - (a) In the Mysteries certain sacred foods and drinks were used to bring man into communion with the god; (b) on the other hand, many clubs held an annual or monthly supper, which generally took place in a temple, and was at any rate accompanied by religious ceremonies which were to constitute a communion between the members and the god or Hero (very often the founder of the club) in whose honour the supper was given. In the former, particular food is supposed to bring the partaker into communion with the god physically (or rather hyper-physically), to transfer the essence and virtues of the god into the man and so to make him god (deify him); in the latter, it is the community of the meal which unites all partakers to one another and to the Hero in the same sense as marriage or friendship unites distinct personalities. Farnell, ‘Religious and Social Aspects of the Cult of Ancestors and Heroes,’ in HJ Saul, King of Israel - Over the next few years Saul became more and more unstable, emotionally and mentally, while David became a popular Hero through his military victories
Moses - ...
The Old Testament describes Moses as a Heroic leader of the people and as a man of God who brought the people into their special relationship with God. The story about Moses in the Old Testament, found in the extensive narratives from Exodus 1:1 through Deuteronomy 34:1 , can be described as a Heroic saga. The young Hero grew to maturity in the palace of the king who had sought to kill him. ...
The event at the burning bush while Moses worked as a shepherd introduced him to the critical character of his Heroic work. (1) As the Heroic leader of Israel, he would initiate events that would lead to Israel's Exodus from Egypt. ...
The negotiation narratives depict Moses, the Hero, in one scene of failure after the other
Immanuel - Jehovah's salvation) typically represents Messiah as "the mighty (Hero) God," "the everlasting Father"; Isaiah's children represent Him as "Child" and "Son
Unknown God - We are told that the Hero, in a time of plagueat Athens, took white and black sheep to the hill Areopagus and let them loose. 4) says that on the road from the Phaleric port to the city he had noticed ‘altars of gods called unknown, and of Heroes’ (βωμοὶ δὲ θεῶν τε ὀνομαζομένων ἀγνώστων καὶ ἡρώων), which may quite well mean that he saw several altars bearing inscriptions similar to that mentioned by St
Jezebel - For Thyatira possessed a temple of Artemis and a temple of a local Hero Tyrimnus taken over by Apollo, while outside the city was the cell of an Eastern Sibyl known as Sambethe (CIG Deluge - American flood-legends); and not only the Hero of the story, Xisuthros, and his wife, but also his daughter and the pilot of the ship are carried away by the gods. ’ Gilgamesh of Uruk (Erech, Genesis 10:10 ), the Hero of the epic, contrived to visit his ancestor Ut-napishtim, who had received the gift of immortality
Reuben - (No great act, no great prophet, judge, or Hero leader, springing from Reuben, appears on record (1 Chronicles 5:1-2
Mary - Acts 1:14 indicates that Mary was present, along with other Hero figures of early Christianity, in the upper room scene in Jerusalem
Samson - Samson, the physically strong Nazarite, prepared the way for Samuel, the spiritual Hero Nazarite, who consummated the deliverance that Samson began
Son of Man - "...
The title "the Son of man" implies at once Messiah's lowliness and His exaltation in His manifestations as THE REPRESENTATIVE MAN respectively at His first and second comings; His humiliation on the one hand (Psalms 8:4-8; Matthew 16:13; Matthew 20:18; Matthew 20:28) and His exaltation on the other hand, just "because He is the Son of man": Daniel 7:13-14, Hebrew not Βen -ish or -Αdam , son of a Hero or of man generically viewed, but Βen enosh , "Son of man," frail and abject, marking the connection of His humiliation and exaltation as man (Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:64; John 5:27)
Ancestor-Worship - But this existence of sacred places connected with the burial of a great tribal or national Hero does not at all prove Ancestor-worship
Tree of Life - In the Gilgamesh Epic the Hero obtained a scion from the ‘plant of life’ which healed his mortal illness (cf
Monotheism - Principal among the gods of the Canaanite pantheon were the great father figure, El; the younger Hero, Baal; the adversary against order in the created land, Yam; the consort for Baal, Anat; and the ruler of Sheol, the place of the dead, Mot
Smyrna - She was like the Homeric Hero whom nothing would Satisfy but αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν, καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων (Il
Melchizedek - The typical Hero, first righteous and therefore self-governed and blessed with the tranquillizing consciousness of the presence of God, appears to the writer as an anticipation of Him in whom alone righteousness and peace are completely realized both in His own person and life and in His gifts to men
Giant - ]'>[4]; but this is not very surprising if a sarcophagus is really meant, as it was a compliment to a dead Hero to give him a large tomb ( Deuteronomy 3:11 )
Areopagite, Areopagus - further, Ramsay truly remarks: ‘The Athenians were, in many respects, flippant; but their flippancy was combined with an intense pride in the national dignity and the historic glory of the city, which would have revolted at such an insult as that this stranger should harangue them about his foreign deities on the spot where the Athenian elders had judged the god Ares and the Hero Orestes’ (St
Idolatry, - (2 Kings 23:5 ) Beast-worship, as exemplified in the calves of Jeroboam, has already been alluded to of pure Hero-worship among the Semitic races we find no trace
David - From all we know of Israel’s early Heroes, a man was not raised to be a leader of the people unless or until he had first proved himself in some way to be the superior of his fellows. His father is in the habit of sending him to the Israelite camp with provisions for his three eldest brothers, who are among the warriors of the Israelite army; on one such occasion he finds the camp in consternation on account of the defiance of a Philistine Hero, the giant Goliath. his name, ‘beloved’), who was specially chosen, the man after God’s own heart, the son of Jesse; the second presents him as the harpist, who was known in later ages as the ‘sweet psalmist of Israel’; while the third, which is probably the nearest to actual history, presents him as the warrior-hero, just as, in days to come, men would have pictured him whose whole reign from beginning to end was characterized by war. ...
David’s victory over Goliath had a twofold result; firstly, the Heroic deed called forth the admiration, which soon became love, of the king’s son Jonathan; a covenant of friendship was made between the two, in token of which, and in ratification of which, Jonathan took off his apparel and armour and presented David with them. Taking the sword of his late antagonist, Goliath, which was wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod, he makes for Gath , hoping to find refuge on foreign soil; but he is recognized by the Philistines, and fearing that they would take vengeance on him for killing their Hero Goliath, he simulates madness (cf. As a ruler, warrior, and organizer, he stands pre-eminent among the Heroes of Israel
Divination - Hero is warned (Ps. to Hero, ii
Barzillai - The old Hero took his ancient tower, and his great estate, and his own future, and the future of his family all in his hand that day. The humility, also, of that Old Testament Hero is already our New Testament humility in its depth and sweetness and beauty
Judas Iscariot - He reckoned, thought Paulus in more recent times, on the multitude rising and rescuing their Hero from the rulers
Kill, Killing - Yahweh punished misdeeds, was a military Hero (Yahweh of hosts), and killed personal opponents (Numbers 22:21-35 )
Severus Sulpicius, an Historian - According to Gennadius he was a priest, but this has been questioned, and his tone towards the bishops and clergy, against whom he constantly inveighs as vain, luxurious, self-seeking, factious foes of Christianity and envious persecutors of his Hero St
Elisha - In order to receive this boon he must be a witness of the translation of the mighty Hero of Jehovah; and as Elijah is whirled away in the chariot of fire, his mantle falls upon his disciple, who immediately makes use of it in parting the waters of the Jordan
Joshua, the Book of - The capture of Hebron and Debir by Judah and its Hero Caleb is repeated in Judges 1:9-15 from Joshua 15:13-20
David - The "boaster in mischief, the mighty man" (the very term used of Saul, 2 Samuel 1:19), is not the herdsman Doeg, the ready tool of evil, but the master of Hero might in animal courage, Saul. True Hero might belongs to the godly alone, as Psalms 18:25 saith, "with an upright Hero (Hebrew for 'man') Thou wilt show Thyself upright
Joshua - The historical foundation for making the Hero of Ephraim into the conqueror of all Canaan is absent. But only on the supposition that there was something to idealize is it possible to understand why a man, who belongs to a clan in Ephraim which is otherwise unknown, came to be set up as the Hero under whom they won their foothold among the nations, and passed from wandering tribes into a people
Joel - Military Hero under David (1 Chronicles 11:38 ; compare Igal in 2 Samuel 23:26 )
Joshua, the Book of - He is the true Hero of the book. God rewards Heroes of faith (Joshua 14:1-15 )
Pseudepigrapha - (pssewd eh pih' gra fuh) Intertestamental literature not accepted into the Christian or Jewish canon of Scripture and often attributed to an ancient Hero of faith. Since chapters 6,7 seem to refer to Herod the Great, the book was probably written shortly after A
Paul - Paul first makes his appearance in Acts 7:58, but it is not till Acts 13:1 that he becomes the Hero of the book, the story thenceforward being merely an account of his missionary travels and other fortunes. Paul, which most often have turned on the great sermons of their Hero? Ramsay is of opinion that the first verse of the book implies that the writer intended to pen a third volume, similar in bulk to the Gospel and the Acts; and this would account for the narrative breaking off where it does, with a brief notice of the two years of imprisonment which followed the arrival at Rome. Weiss, in Das Urchristenthum, 1914, makes the suggestion that Acts was written for Roman Christians, who did not require to be informed of what had become of the Hero; and Clemen actually brings in as an explanation Horace’s rule, in Ars Poetica, 185 f. -The chronology is an extremely difficult question, because the fixed points that seem to be obtained by the sacred history touching on profane history (Aretas, 2 Corinthians 11:32; Herod, 1618528935_64; Claudius, Acts 11:27-30, Acts 12:25; Felix and Festus, Acts 24:27) fail, when closely scrutinized, to remain fixed
Messiah - In the first the Messiah is portrayed as a military conquering Hero, ‘breaking in pieces the oppressor’s mace’; in the second, the sounds of discord cease, and He, sprung from Jesse’s stock, is the ruler of justice and peace in God’s ‘holy mountain’ of Zion, where even the powers of violence and injustice are turned into submission to a Divine authority. In the closing verses (14–20) of Zephaniah (obviously an addition belonging to the late-exilic or early post-exilic period) it is Jahweh who is Israel’s King in the midst of His people, their mighty Hero who wards off the nation’s foes (Haggai 2:15-19)
Joseph - Joseph is the principal Hero of the later chapters of Genesis, which are composed mainly of extracts from three documents. Allowance may be made for the play of imagination in the long period that elapsed before the traditions were reduced to writing in their present form, and for the tendency to project the characteristics of a tribe backwards upon some legendary Hero
Hosea - ” Title of the first book in the section of the Hebrew Bible called the Book of the Twelve, named after its prophetic Hero
Mill - It displays, also, the vindictive contempt which suggested the punishment of Samson, the captive ruler of Israel, that the Philistines, with barbarous contumely, compelled him to perform the meanest service of a female slave; they sent him to grind in the prison, Judges 16:21 , but not for himself alone; this, although extremely mortifying to the Hero, had been more tolerable; they made him grinder for the prison, perhaps while the vilest malefactor was permitted to look on, and join in the mockery
Jonathan - Dutifully devoted to his father, whose constant companion he was (1 Samuel 20:2; 1 Samuel 20:25), yet true to his bosom friend David, whose modest:, youthful beauty, and Heroic bravery won his whole heart at their first meeting after Goliath's fall, against whom nevertheless Saul cherished such deadly spite. "Jonathan's soul was knit with David's," so that the latter testifies, "thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women"; like a Homeric Hero, he gave his friend all his own arms, stripping himself (compare the Antitype, Philippians 2:7-8): 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 2 Samuel 1:26
Jesus Christ, Name And Titles of - Uses of the term in the Greek Old Testament (LXX) and nonbiblical Greek suggest it carries a threefold connotation: (1) path-breaker (pioneer) who opens the way for others, hence, "guide" or "hero"; (2) the source or founder, hence "author, " "initiator, " "beginning"; and (3) the leader-ruler, hence, "captain, " "prince, " "king. He is thereafter honored as the founding Hero
Assumption of Moses - For him Eleazar and his seven sons had been the true Heroes, and not Judas and his brethren. They are succeeded by an insolent king not of the race of the priests (Herod), who will carry out secret massacres and rule for 34 years. Destructive and impious men (Sadducees) shall rule-treacherous, hypocritical, gluttons, oppressing the poor, and lawless. -The date of composition is clearly fixed by the words in 6:7 ‘and he (Herod) shall beget children who succeeding him shall rule for shorter periods,’ As this is a prediction which was falsified by the event, for Antipas reigned forty-three years and Philip thirty-seven (while Herod reigned thirty-four), we must postulate a date earlier than thirty-four years from Herod’s death, i. His Hero, Taxo, instead, of taking up arms, withdraws into a cave to die, with the words ‘Let us die rather than transgress. 48) seems to be aware of the new claims put forth for Moses’ Assumption, while explaining the Scripture statement of his death as a precaution against deification of the national Hero: νέφους αἰφνίδιον ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ στάντος, ἀφανίζεται κατά τινος φάραγγος
Georgius (43), Patron Saint of England - found in the heart of Asia Minor a legend of the Turkish Hero Chederles, to whom were ascribed exploits similar to those of St. Herod
Genealogy - These belong to a well-recognized type, by which the relationship of nations, tribes, and families is explained as due to descent from a common ancestor, who is often an ‘eponymous Hero,’ invented to account for the name of the nation. 7, 13), that Herod the Great destroyed the genealogical records of the Jews in order to conceal his own origin, is at least an indication of the existence of such records and of the value attached to them
Arrest - ’]'>[1] and, though Jesus and the Eleven were defenceless, He was the popular Hero, and, should an alarm be raised, the multitude would be aroused and would come to the rescue
Abraham - There is, however, no indication of Hero-worship, as in the case of the more or less mythical ancestors of other peoples
Shepherds - AEneas pastured his oxen on Mount Ida, when Achilles seized them, and forced the Trojan Hero to flee
Abraham - There is, however, no indication of Hero-worship, as in the case of the more or less mythical ancestors of other peoples
Red Sea - " At the northern extremity of this salt waste is a small lake, sometimes called the Lake of Heropolis; the lake is now Birket-et-Timsah "the lake of the crocodile," and is supposed to mark the ancient head of the gulf. It was anciently known as the "Fossa Regum" and the "canal of Hero. The earliest navigation of the Red Sea (passing by the pre-historical Phoenicians) is mentioned by Herodotus: --"Seostris (Rameses II. The Heroopolite Gulf (Gulf of Suez) is of the chief interest; it was near to Goshen, it was the scene of the passage of the Red Sea, and it was the "tongue of the Egyptian Sea
Mystery - These divinities are always chthonic, as against the Olympian (national) divinities of the upper air; and their worship, maintained by guilds, was commonly associated with the rites of ancestor and Hero—worship
Judges (1) - (4) The history of Jephthah is prefaced by Judges 10:17-18 , which tells of the Ammonite oppression; Jephthah’s exploits are recounted in Judges 11:1 to Judges 12:7 ; a biographical note ( Judges 11:1-3 ) introduces the Hero, and a long passage ( Judges 11:4-29 ) follows, describing how the conflict with the Ammonites arose; it is a question concerning the ownership of the lands between the Jabhok and the Arnon, which are claimed by the Ammonites, but which the Israelites maintain have been in their possession for three hundred years. 13) tells of the wonderful experiences of the parents of the Hero prior to his birth; how an angel foretold that he was to be born, and that he was to be a Nazirite; and how the angel ascended in a flame from the altar on which Manoah had offered a sacrifice to Jahweh; Judges 13:24-25 record his birth and hie growth to manhood, the spirit of Jahweh being upon him. ...
(1) It may be taken for granted that the exploits of tribal Heroes would be commemorated by their descendants, and that the narrative of these exploits would be composed very soon, probably immediately in some cases, after the occurrences. It is therefore clear that there must have existed among the various Israelite tribes a body of traditional matter regarding the deeds of tribal Heroes which originally floated about orally within the circumscribed area of each particular tribe
Ignatius - ]'>[1] 185) three bishops were usually placed-Hero, Cornelius, and Eros, of whom nothing was known but their names. authentic Epistles and also manufactured six additional letters-Mary of Cassobola (there is a Cilician town called Castabala, possibly the same as Cassobola) to Ignatius, Ignatius to Mary of Cassobola, to the Tarsians, to the Philippians, to the Antiochenes, and to Hero the Deacon
Jesus, Life And Ministry of - Twice He traveled through Samaria (Luke 9:51-56 ; John 4:4 ); once He stayed in a Samaritan village for two days, calling a Samaritan woman and a number of other townspeople to faith (Mark 1:25 ), and once He made a Samaritan the Hero of one of His parables (Mark 1:14 )
Star (2) - ’]'>[5] A contrast may also be intended to be suggested between the spiritual Kingship of the Messiah, and the earthly kingship of secular rulers (like Herod) who are instinctively hostile to the new force that has entered the world. Moreover, the ignorance displayed by Herod and ‘all Jerusalem’ as to the nature of the star hardly suggests that its appearance would strike any but practised astrologers. ) traces the association of light in connexion with the Servant of Jahweh, who is represented as the Light of the World in Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 49:6; Isaiah 51:4) to the mythical representation of the World-Ruler as a solar Hero in the old Saga
Apocrypha, New Testament - The Gospel of Nicodemus also includes a vivid account of Jesus' “Descent into Hell,” much like that of a Greek Hero invading the underworld to defy its authorities or rescue its prisoners. A large number of legendary accounts of the journeys and Heroics of New Testament apostles sought to parallel and supplement the Book of Acts
Constantinus i - As a Hero of Byzantine history and ἐσαπόστολος , Constantine has become clothed in a mist of fiction
Hermas, Known as the Shepherd - His information about himself is contained in incidental allusions, not very easy to piece together; and the author of a fictitious narrative would not have conveyed so obscurely what he tells about his Hero. He would probably also have made him a man of some eminence, holding high church office, whereas Hermas always speaks of the presbyters as if he were not one of them, and could have no motive for making his Hero one engaged in trade unsuccessfully and not very honestly, and an elderly man with a termagant wife and ill brought-up children
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch - 107), between Evodius and Hero. Thenceforward we have had the longer and the shorter (or Vossian) recensions, the former containing the 7 Eusebian epistles in a longer text and also epistles of Mary of Castabala to Ignatius, with his reply, of Ignatius to the Tarsians, Philippians, Antiochenes, and Hero, his successor; the Vossian comprising only the Eusebian letters and those in a shorter text
Devil - The word used by Hesiod for the blessed soul of a Hero becomes with Plato an abstract influence sometimes beneficent and helpful, but emerges in the orators and tragedians as descriptive of baleful genii, who bring misfortune and even revel in cruelty
Sin - The national disasters which recur so frequently during the former of these periods are always attributed to this sin; while the return of the people, under the guidance of a great representative Hero, is always marked by the blessings of peace and prosperity
Apocalyptic Literature - ( b ) Assuming the name of some worthy long since dead, the apocalyptist re-wrote the past in terms of prophecy in the name of some Hero or seer of Hebrew history. 94 and 64: at all events, before the time of Herod. It could not, therefore, have been written much prior to the time of Herod, and, as the Temple is still standing, must have been written before a
Nazirite - To be a Hero against his people’s enemies is the end of Samson’s consecration
Nazirite - To be a Hero against his people’s enemies is the end of Samson’s consecration
Pronunciation of Proper Names - Phil′ippi (accent on the first) is due to the analogy of Philip, and Ene′as ‘to the analogy of Virgil’s Hero
David - ...
David's popularity consequent on this Heroic exploit awakened Saul's jealousy (1 Samuel 18:6-16 ), which he showed in various ways. The deep-laid plots of the enraged king, who could not fail to observe that David "prospered exceedingly," all proved futile, and only endeared the young Hero the more to the people, and very specially to Jonathan, Saul's son, between whom and David a life-long warm friendship was formed. It was at this time that David, amid the harassment and perils of his position, cried, "Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem;" when three of his Heroes broke through the lines of the Philistines and brought him the water for which he longed (2 Samuel 23:13-17 ), but which he would not drink. Abner now sided with David, and sought to promote his advancement; but was treacherously put to death by Joab in revenge for his having slain his brother Asahel at Gibeon (3:22-39). Shortly after this Ish-bosheth was also treacherously put to death by two Canaanites of Beeroth; and there being now no rival, David was anointed king over all Israel (4:1-12). Uriah, whom he had foully wronged, an officer of the Gibborim, the corps of Heros (23:39), was, by his order, "set in the front of the hottest battle" at the siege of Rabbah, in order that he might be put to death
Idol - ...
(10) timahuh "similitude," "form "(Deuteronomy 4:12-19, where Moses forbids successively the several forms of Gentile idolatry: ancestor worship, as that of Terah (Joshua 24:2), Laban (Genesis 31:19; Genesis 31:30; Genesis 31:32), and Jacob's household (Genesis 35:2-4), to guard against which Moses' sepulchre was hidden; Hero worship and relic worship (Judges 8:27; Jeremiah 44:17-18,; 2 Kings 18:4); nature worship, whether of the lower animals as in Egypt, or of the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, and stars, as among the Persians). sacrifice with the harlots" (so Hebrew) (Herodotus i. The Heroic resistance of the Maccabees, besides their contact with the Persians who rejected images, and especially the erection of synagogues and the reading the law every sabbath in them, gave them the abhorrence of idols which now characterizes them
Sibylline Oracles - An odd story like that preserved by Petronius Thecla - Thecla (1) the Heroine of a romantic story which from a very early date has had a strong hold on the imagination of the church and which though under the form in which it is now extant it can only be received as a fiction has enough appearance of a foundation in fact to warrant us in treating of her as a real person. The Asian presbyter whom Tertullian makes known to us casting about for materials for a story in exaltation of virginity would naturally choose for his Hero St. The tradition which we have supposed current in the church of a Christian who incurred the peril of martyrdom for virginity and ended her days as an anchorite near Seleucia would supply his Heroine and leading incidents
James And John, the Sons of Zebedee - Schwartz (Ueber den Tod der Söhne Zebedaei), who finds in the prediction assigned to Jesus in Acts 10:39 proof that both sons of Zebedee must have been killed by Herod on the same day! The account in Acts (Acts 12:1 ff. 27: ‘Sancti Johannis Baptistae, et Jacobi Apostoli, quem Herodes occidit,’ which may possibly point the same way, as June 24 is the day of commemoration of the Baptist. ...
On the whole, the least unsatisfactory explanation of the evidence, with all its difficulties and complexities, is the hypothesis that the Apostle did spend some years of his later life in Ephesus, where he became the Hero of many traditions which belonged of right to another or to others
Proverbs - Flores: ‘Vulgare proverbium est, quod nunia familiaritas parit contemptum’); and the saying of the witty Frenchman that ‘no man is a Hero to his valet de chambre. 38 the Galilaeans rose against Herod, and drowned his adherents in the Lake (Josephus Ant. There were Roman soldiers and Herod’s mercenaries, the latter including Thracians, Germans, and Galatians (Josephus Ant. King Herod the Great had built a magnificent theatre at Jerusalem and an equally magnificent amphitheatre, and had instituted athletic contests every four years after the pattern of the Greek games
Aristion (Aristo) - ), in writing of the death and obsequies of Ardasches, king and national Hero of Armenia, transcribes first the quotation of Eusebius from Aristo of Pella regarding Hadrian’s devastation of Jerusalem, to explain how Aristo came to be attached to his (Ardasches’) person as secretary; for Ardasches had been sent by Hadrian into Persia
Ideas (Leading) - To enforce the lesson, our Lord selected as the Hero of His parable a man belonging to a race which was hated and despised by the Jews
Noah - The Cherokee Indians believe a dog incited one family to build a boat wherein they were saved from the flood which destroyed all people. Izdubar (Nimrod according to Smith) the Hero, a sage, asks Sisit or Hasisadra (Greek Xisuthrus), an immortal, son of Ubaratutu, how he became so; in reply he narrates the story of the flood, and assigns his own piety as the cause of his translation. The Bible narrative unites details scattered up and down in various traditions but nowhere else combined:...
(1) The divine warning in the Babylonian, Hindu, and Cherokee accounts
Gnosticism - We can see here what ground some schools could have for making Heroes of the characters represented as wicked in the OT. They made Cain their first Hero; and, regarding the God of the Jews as an evil being, and the Scriptures as, in consequence, a perversion of truth, honoured all infamous characters from Cain to Iscariot, who alone of the apostles had the secret of true knowledge
Hellenism - -The old family-cults and State-cult were continued as a matter of course; but there was a notable reduction of local cults, the greater gods, so to speak, swallowing up the minor Heroes. On the other hand, a tendency towards deification and Hero-worship was always introducing new objects of worship
Jeremiah - Jehoiakim was a typical Eastern despot, self-willed, luxurious, unprincipled, oppressive towards his own people, treacherous and incompetent in foreign policy. The author became, unconsciously, the Hero of his work. 626 found him a diffident and reluctant young man, not wanting in devotion, but shrinking from publicity, and with no natural drawing towards the prophetic career; yet he is ‘set over the nations, to pluck up and to break down, and to build and to plant’! Already there begins the struggle between the implanted word of Jehovah and the nature of the man, on which turns Jeremiah’s inner history and the development of his Heroic character, all things considered, the noblest in the OT
Job - ), stating the problem, ‘the undeserved suffering of a good man,’ giving a partial solution, and bringing on the scene the Hero’s three friends; short headings ( Job 3:1 , Job 4:1 etc. The interest of the Book of Job is concentrated mainly on the central figure, the Hero
Ascension (2) - The motives, moreover, which prompted the Senate to give each successive emperor a place among the gods, or the Hindu devotee to regard his Hero as divine, are easy to trace: in the former instance political; in the latter, religious indeed, but too naïve for the Jew, who had no natural tendency to deify—such a tendency has not been proved, it is incompatible with the exclusive and stubborn monotheism of the race
Ascension of Isaiah - Paul asks ‘What concord hath Christ with Beliar?’ Hero either meaning of Beliar is possible
Divinity of Christ - He came to them not as a prophet, although He had much in common with the prophets; nor as a culture-hero, the offspring of spiritual imagination; but as an inner force of life absolutely unique; an inner experience in which God entered into their hearts in a manner heretofore unparalleled, being borne in on them rather than presented to their imitation, leavening them practically with Himself, and demonstratively in such a way that henceforth to their very existence in God, He, the Revealer, must belong
Eusebius (60), Bishop of Nicomedia - The career of Eusebius of Nicomedia during the remaining ten years of his life is so closely intertwined with the romantic sufferings of Athanasius that it is difficult to indicate the part he took in the persecution of Athanasius without reproducing the story of this great Hero of the Catholic faith
Eusebius of Caesarea - 465); and to the sympathy of the friend he united the courage of the Hero
Perfection (of Jesus) - Among them have been some of the greatest and sweetest of the children of men—gentle souls with the grace of sympathy and self-forgetfulness; generous and magnanimous souls like David, whose inspirations have been to men an abiding memorial of the beauty of chivalry; Heroes of faith like Paul and Luther, who change the current of human life. ’ That may be true of the ordinary man, or even of national Heroes and saints, whose character ever seems strange and partially distasteful or even unintelligible to men of other races and times; it is conspicuously untrue of Jesus. The zealot and the publican met in the inner circle of His disciples: Mary of Magdala, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward, united to minister to Him of their substance. He made the Samaritan the Hero of His story of neighbourliness; He praised the faith of the Roman centurion; He pointed to God’s care of Naaman the Syrian captain, and the widow of Zarephath