an ancient measure of length, approximately equal to the length of a forearm. It was typically about 18 inches or 44 cm, though there was a long cubit of about 21 inches or 52 cm.
ORIGIN Middle English : from Latin cubitum ‘elbow, forearm, cubit.’
- Ketuvim (Writings)The third section of the Tanakh, also known as the Hebrew Bible, is an impressive compilation of various writings with a wide range of themes and styles. These writings are collected under the name “Ketuvim,” which translates to mean “Writings.” Within this section, readers can find an exceptional array of religious expressions, some of which […]
- Nevi’im ProphetsNevi’im (the Prophets section of the Bible) presents Israel’s history as a nation on its land.
- Penitencen: the quality of state of being penitent: sorrow for sins or faults
- Penitentialadj: of or relating to penitence or penance
- PrerequisitePrerequisite n: something that is necessary to end or to the carrying out of a function – prerequisite adj.
- RepentanceFrom the Encyclopaedia Judaica 14:73 Repentance is a Prerequisite n: something that is necessary to end or to the carrying out of a function – prerequisite adj. for divine forgiveness: God will not pardon man unconditionally but waits for him to repent. In repentance man must experience genuine remorse for the wrong he has committed […]
- Proselytes (law of conversion)From The Encylopaedia Judacia 13:1183-1184 The procedure, established by the tannaim, according to which a non-Jew may be into the Jewish faith, was elucided as follows: “in our days, when a proselyte came to be converted we say to him: ‘What is your objective? Is it not known to you that the people of Israel […]
- ProselytesThe Encyclopaedia Judaica 13:1182 contains a fascinating analysis that provides extensive evidence of an increasingly common trend towards the conversion to Judaism during the Second Temple period. This period, especially in its later stages, witnessed a marked rise in the use of the term “ger”, previously reserved for referring to strangers or aliens, to denote […]
- KidronFrom the Encyclopaedia Judaica 10:988 The first biblical reference to the “brook” Kidron occurs in connection with Davids ABsalm (II Sam. 15:23) In the time of divided monarchy, the reforming Kings of Judah, Asa, Hezekiah, and Josiah, cast away and burnt the various idols which defiled Jerusalem there (I Kings 15:13 ; II Kings 23:4, […]
- Ru’ah ha-Kodesh (name for God)From the Encyclopaedia Judaica 14:365 רוח הקודש A more problematical use of the term Ru’ah ha-Kodesh is when in some way hypothesized, or used as a synonym for God. This tendency toward hypostatization is already apparent in such expressions as “Ru’ah ha-Kodesh resting” on a person or place, or someone “receiving Ru’ah ha-Kodesh”. But it […]
- ExegesisTo explain, interpret, fr. ex-the geisthai to lead – more at SEEK an explanation or critical inter operation of a text.
- CasuistryA method or doctrine dealing with cases of conscience and the resolution of questions of right or wrong in conduct.
- Dialectica: discussion and reasoning by dialogue as a method of intellectual investigation. b: the Platonic investigation of eternal ideals
- Baalim(From Easton’s Bible Dictionary) plural of Baal; images of the god Baal (Judges 2:11; 1 Samuel 7:4).
- Esotericadjective 1a. designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone < a body of ~ legal doctrine b. of or relating to a small group 2a. limited to a small circle b. Private, Confidental ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek es?terikos, from es?ter?, comparative of es? ‘within,’ from es, eis ‘into.’ Compare with […]
- EtymologyThe history of a linguistic form (as a word) shown by tracing it’s development since it’s earliest recorded occurrence in athe language where it is found, by tracing it’s transmission from one langue to another, by identifying it cognates to a common ancestral form in an ancestral language.
- MikvehA collection of water A pool or bath of clear water, immersion in which renders ritually clean a person who become ritually unclean through contact with the dead (Num. 19) or any other defiling object or through an unclean flux from the body (Lev. 15) and especially a menstruant. It is similarly used for vessels […]
- TorahThe Law (/ˈtɔːrə, ˈtoʊrə/; Biblical Hebrew: תּוֹרָה Tōrā, “Instruction”, “Teaching” or “Law”) The first five books of the Bible or also called “the books of Moses” comes from an archery term meaning to shoot