Bible Dictionary and Concordance



anthropologyA scientific study of man dealing with his origins, development, beliefs, culture, traditions physical characteristics; from the Christian point of view, it is a study also of the physical and spiritual nature of man; example, the fallen man and his sin nature and its effects on his world around him.
anthropomorphismMeans the attributing of human characteristics, behavior and actions to God; helps man to easily picture in an understandable way how God relates to man. Examples: arm Ps 89:13; eye 2 Chr 16:9; hand Esa 1:15; breathing Ps 33:6; resting Gen 2:2-3; standing Ps 35:2; etc.
antichristFalse Christ, Christ's greatest enemy, a demonic leader who opposes Christ's teaching and authority; one who deceives others into believing in non-biblical truth (2 John 1:7); anti means "in place of". DTP The disciple needs to be aware that there will be many antichrists out to deceive and to destroy the children of God. We must judge people's teaching and preaching by the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit. We must be diligent to seek after that which is the truth and not that which seems pleasurable to the flesh or mind.antichrist shall come, 1 John 2:18that spirit of antichrist, 1 John 4:3 This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
Anti-SemitismIt is a word that describes hostility toward and or persecution, that has been and is still today directed at the Jewish people. In the past it has come most often from religious types; for example, Christians who see the Jews as the "Christ killer" and that the Jews are responsible for putting Christ to death on the Cross. But it is key for the Christians to see that the Jews are our older brothers and that God has a perfect plan for them both now and in the future. All people of the world are under the direction and plan of God Almighty.
anxiety/ anxiousWorried, uneasiness, disquiet, apprehension, fear, troubled mind, over-thinking; an emotional state where the mind is not at peace but is being pulled in many directions. DTP Worry and fear are the biggest enemies to the disciple's walk in Christ. They can become blinding to one's life and to cause our minds to focus our lives on the cares of this world rather than on God and His Kingdom.Be anxious for nothing, Phil 4:6 NKJB
apocalypseAnother name for the book of Revelation; a spiritual vision of things dealing with traumatic end time world events, sometimes known as the "Last Days". All mankind will be judged and Satan and all his demons are cast into the eternal Lake of Fire.
ApocryphaMeans "hidden things"; Christian religious texts, related to the Bible, not genuine or canon, the Catholic and Orthodox churches have included these ancient Jewish books into their Holy Scripture. (Some of the names are Tobit, Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, Baruch, 1 & 2 Maccabees, plus others).
apostasyDesertion, backsliding, rejecting religious faith and beliefs, falling away, or departing from faith in Christ Jesus.I will heal their apostasy, Hos 14:4 NASBit will not come unless the apostasy comes first, 2 Thes 2:3 NASB
apostle / apostlesOne who is sent, missionary, messenger; Jesus picked 12 apostles who would be "sent out ones" of the Gospel of Christ to a lost world. DTP One of the fivefold ministries is the leadership position of apostleship. This is a person to whom God gives what we may call "the bigger vision"; they can see the bigger picture and as an elder they can help in giving direction to a number of churches at one time. Paul and Barnabus, Apollos, etc., were all apostles of Christ because they were sent ones to the churches.the twelve apostles Matt 10:2he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Luke 6:13he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. Luke 22:14continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine Acts 2:42Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, Acts 9:27called to be an apostle, Rom 1:1in as much as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, Rom 11:13God hath set some in the church, first apostles, 1 Cor 12:28For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, 2 Cor 11:13The apostles except James Gal 1:19Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ Eph 1:1And he gave some, apostles; Eph 4:11I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, 1 Tim 2:7Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus 2 Tim 1:1The Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Heb 3:1apostles of the Lamb. Rev 21:14
Apostles' CreedThis was a statement that was used by the disciples to remember the basic fundamentals of their faith, plus it was a tool for sharing their faith about Jesus Christ with others. It can be broken down into three parts, highlighting the Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
apostleship, giftThis gift is part of the fivefold leadership ministry that Paul tells us, is given to the various churches by the Holy Spirit for the perfecting of the saints and for the work of ministry. It is a person who is a sent one and overseer, a big picture person who can help direct the church for service in Christ.ministry and apostleship, Acts 1:25received grace and apostleship, Rom 1:5
appleA piece of fruit which could be red, green or yellow in colour and the flesh inside is white. The apple represented a special and beautiful piece of fruit.he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deut 32:10as the apple of the eye, Ps 17:8like apples of gold Pro 25:11let not the apple of thine eye cease. Lam 2:18toucheth the apple of his eye. Zech 2:8
apply / appliedTo request, to appeal for, to relate to, to cover over with something, to take action or make an effort. DTP The disciple needs to draw near to the Lord and apply himself to or be connected with Him. We are to work at becoming deeper connected in wisdom, knowledge and understanding to God.That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, Ps 90:12and apply thine heart to understanding; Prov 2:2and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. Prov 22:17I applied mine heart to know, and to search, Eccl 7:25and applied my heart unto every work that is done Eccl 8:9When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, Eccl 8:16
appoint / appointedTo set aside or to select someone to a special position of leadership or ministry. DTP God does appoint people for a season or for a long term to do specific things for Him within the church and out in the world. Some may use the word "calling', to be set aside for a specific service.And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, Num 3:10appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD. 2 Sam 6:21thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die; Ps 79:11salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks Is 26:1The Lord appointed other 70 also and sent Luke 10:1I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed Luke 22:29Seven men... whom we may appoint over this business. Acts 6:3For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to 1 Thes 5:9as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after Heb 9:27
approvedAccepted, known, come into agreement with. DTP The disciple becomes approved by God by giving one's life into His hand as your Lord and Saviour, and by doing that we receive His grace and righteousness which makes it possible to stand before as a child of God.a man approved of God Acts 2:22also approve of those who practice them. Rom 1:32 NKJBto God, and approved of men. Rom 14:18Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Rom 16:10Study to shew thyself approved unto God, 2 Tim 2:15
archaeologyThe study of material remains from the past; excavation of ancient burial sites and cities, and examining the findings. Inscriptions are deciphered and the artefacts dated to a timeline. Involves research into the people and their culture and traditions
archangelSeraph, angel, cherub; it seems that in the realm of angels, the Bible gives us glimpses of angels who hold higher rank over others and have various types of ministry in the heavenly realm.with the voice of the archangel, I Thes 4:16Yet Michael the archangel, Jude 1:9
architectureStructural design, building, planning, construction; often the planning, blueprinting and overseeing of the construction of all aspects of the building.
ariseTo get up, or to come into existence, to begin or start, to come forth, to grow up, to bud forth. Christ came forth from death to life. DTP For the disciple it is time to live like we are alive in Christ that His blood and DNA is flowing through us.Arise, walk through the land Gen 13:17Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan Josh 1:2there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, 1 Kin 18:44We his servants will arise and build but ye Neh 2:20Arise, O Lord; save me, O my LORD: Ps 3:7Arise for our help ... redeem us for thy mercies' Ps 44:26Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: Ps 68:1Arise, shine for thy light is come, Isa 60:1arise, call upon thy God, Jonah 1:6Sun of righteousness arise with healing in Mal 4:2For there shall arise false Christs Matt 24:24arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, Acts 22:16The day star arise in your heart: 2 Pet 1:19
arkThe word ark in the Bible has two meanings, one is the name of the boat that Noah built; Genesis chapters 6 to 8; Matt 24:38; Luke 17:27; the other is the name given as a short form for the Ark of the Covenant, Exodus chapters 24 to 40, Heb 9:4.Make thee an ark of gopher wood; Gen 6:14Sent forth the dove out of the ark; Gen 8:10she took for him an ark of bulrushes, Ex 2:3To bring up ... the ark of God, 2 Sam 6:2David ... prepared a place for the ark of God. 1 Chr 15:1Day that Noah entered into the ark, Matt 24:38Noah entered into the ark, Luke 17:27Seen in the temple ate ark of his testament: Rev 11:19
ark of the covenantBox carried with poles, representing God's presence, contained Aaron's rod that budded, a golden pot that contained manna, and the tablets of the covenant (10 commandments).Before the ark of the testimony (covenant) Ex 40:5To bear the ark of the covenant Deut 10:8Ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD Josh 3:3The ark of the covenant of God was there Judg 20:27When the ark of the covenant 1 Sam 4:5The ark of the covenant of the Lord Jer 3:16Censer and the ark of the covenant Heb 9:4
ark of the LORDA container, box carried with poles representing God's presence and His testament Rev 11:19; it was kept in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle and later in the same place in the temple.Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God Josh 4:5What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? 1 Sam 6:2brought in the ark of the LORD, 2 Sam 6:17thou barest the ark of the LORD God 1 Kin 2:26
arm /armsAn extension, a human limb from the upper part of the body, a member or branch that extends off the main body. DTP God is always extending His loving arm out to us but as disciples we need to be extending arms of love and encouragement to others, both in the church and in the community.I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, Ex 6:6underneath are the everlasting arms: Deut 33:27For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: Ps 37:17Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, Ps 77:15Thou has a mighty arm: Ps 89:13my hand ... mine arm also shall strength him. Ps 89:21mine arms shall judge the people; Isa 51:5LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes Isa 52:10mine own arm brought salvation unto me; Isa 63:5I have made the earth ... by my outstretched arm, Jer 27:5took them up in his arms, ... and blessed them. Mark 10:16He hath showed strength with his arm; Luke 1:51with an high arm brought he them out Acts 13:17
ArmageddonThe Jezreel Valley of northern Israel, there will be a great end time battle there in the valley of Armageddon. Also referred to as the valley of Megiddo.In the Hebrew tongue Armageddon Rev 16:16
ArminianismA teaching concerning one's salvation; salvation is not secure but can be lost; this doctrine was proposed by Jacob Arminius (1560 to 1609) the main emphasis being that God gave to man choice and freedom when it came to salvation (the question of free-will); this contrasted with Calvinism.