avenger of blood
(Heb. goel, from verb gaal, “to be near of kin,” “to redeem”), the nearest relative of a murdered person. It was his right and duty to slay the murderer (2 Sam. 14:7, 11) if he found him outside of a city of refuge. In order that this law might be guarded against abuse, Moses appointed six cities of refuge (Ex. 21:13; Num. 35:13; Deut. 19:1,9). These were in different parts of the country, and every facility was afforded the manslayer that he might flee to the city that lay nearest him for safety. Into the city of refuge the avenger durst not follow him. This arrangement applied only to cases where the death was not premeditated. The case had to be investigated by the authorities of the city, and the wilful murderer was on no account to be spared. He was regarded as an impure and polluted person, and was delivered up to the _goel_ (Deut. 19:11-13). If the offence was merely manslaughter, then the fugitive must remain within the city till the death of the high priest (Num. 35:25).
to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for: to avenge a grave insult. to take vengeance on behalf of: He avenged his brother. Contemporary Examples Like The avengers, the Man of Steel sequel has a lot going on. The Super-Stuffed Superhero Movie Chancellor Agard December 10, 2013 I spent a year with Branagh on Ivanov and […]
any of various plants of the genus Geum, of the rose family, having yellow, white, or red flowers. Historical Examples There were buttercups, avens, and white nettles in flower on December 31st. Nature Near London Richard Jefferies Commend me to the prayers of the nuns of the avens Sainte Vierge. Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas […]
Also called camail. a mail tippet suspended from the lower edges of a 14th-century basinet as a protection for the neck, throat, and shoulders. ventail.
one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built. of or relating to the Aventine. Contemporary Examples The latest casualty: Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 last week. Wesley Clark’s Folly Robert Bryce April 14, 2009 Historical Examples The man in the little hut on the Aventine had shown […]