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alpha

Overview page. Subjects: Chemistry — Biblical Studies.

The first letter of the Greek alphabet (A, α), transliterated as ‘a’. The phrase alpha and omega ‘the beginning and the end’ (omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, as alpha is the...

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Boate, Arnold

Elizabethanne Boran.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Natural History; History of Science and Technology; Biblical Studies. 1005 words.

Boate, Arnold (1606–1653), biblical scholar and writer on natural history, was born in Gorinchem in the Netherlands, a younger son of Godefroy de Boot (c.1570–1625), knight, and Christina...

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donkey

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies — Genetics and Genomics.

Equus asinus, a close relative of the horse. The female is referred to as a jennet, the male as a jack. See Equus, horse-donkey hybrids.

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east

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies — Environmental Science.

One of the points of the compass, the direction of sunrise, and in combination with the other three points (Ps. 107: 3) there is an expression of totality.

The east is associated...

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Exley, Thomas

Kevin C. Knox.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Biblical Studies; Earth Sciences and Geography; Philosophy. 709 words.

Exley, Thomas (1775–1855), natural philosopher and scriptural commentator, was born in Gowdall, Yorkshire. Little is known of his first thirty years. He is sometimes described as an MA, but...

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fox

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Biblical Studies.

Foxes were common in Palestine, and Ezekiel lambasts false prophets as foxes (AV; ‘jackals’, NRSV, REB, NJB), that is, scavengers who hope to profit from the ruin of the nation (Ezek. 13:...

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mountains

Overview page. Subjects: Environmental Science — Biblical Studies.

A high area of land that rises steeply above its surroundings, usually has a sharply pointed top, and is larger than a hill.

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Red Sea

Overview page. Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Biblical Studies.

The crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites, recorded in Exod. 14 and 15, marked the end of their bondage in Egypt and was subsequently regarded as a turning-point in their destiny.

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Smith, James, of Jordanhill

George Fairfull Smith.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Biblical Studies; Geology and the Lithosphere. 1414 words.

Smith, James, of Jordanhill (1782–1867), geologist and biblical historian, was born in Glasgow on 15 August 1782, the eldest of five children of Archibald Smith of Jordanhill (1749–1821),...

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Smith, Sir George Adam

Elizabeth Baigent.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Earth Sciences and Geography; Biblical Studies. 1705 words.

Smith, Sir George Adam (1856–1942), Old Testament scholar and geographer, was born on 19 October 1856, the eldest son of Dr George Smith and Janet Colquhoun, daughter of Robert Adam of...

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