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This page contains articles about words and phrases that are frequently used in the Bible but might not be obvious to anyone, or that have a special, deeper meaning in the Bible.

Biblical vocabulary: Obedience

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him” (Genesis 6:22). This time, we will not focus on one specific Hebrew word, but on an important Biblical theme: obedience. “Obedience” as biblical subject is especially...

Biblical vocabulary: איל (deer)

Like a deer … There are many images in the Bible that are used to convey certain aspects of God’s Word to man. In the majority of cases, these are images from nature or everyday life. They are images that people...

Who is the Messiah?

In the first chapters of the Bible, we read how God created everything very good, including the first human couple, Adam and Eve. But these first humans disobeyed God, and their sin severely damaged man’s relationship...

oil lamp

Biblical vocabulary: נר (lamp)

The Bible regularly mentions objects of common use in daily life. These objects include the lamp that played a central role in the domestic circle and was an important part of the household goods in biblical times. In...

Biblical vocabulary: אהבה (love)

God’s love… is love in action In the Hebrew language the verb “ahabh” (pronunciation: ahav) occurs which can be translated as to love but also includes the meaning of: longing for, being connected to/with, hanging...

What is sin

What is sin?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism and other confessions of faith define sin as “lack of conformity with or transgression of the law of God”. Therefore, it is necessary to know its essence based on biblical...