a Semitic language that was the vernacular in Palestine in the time of Christ and in which a few sections of the Old Testament are written.
the form of Aramaic that was the common language of Palestine in New Testament times. It was widespread throughout the Persian Empire from the 5th century and is found in the later books of the Old Testament (esp Daniel 2:4–7:28)
- Biblical hebrew
the Hebrew language used in the Old Testament. Abbreviation: BiblHeb. Historical Examples The American Language Henry L. Mencken The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Morris Jastrow Chapters on Jewish Literature Israel Abrahams Expositor’s Bible: Index S. G. Ayres
- Biblical latin
the form of Latin used in the translation of the Bible and that became current in western Europe at the beginning of the Middle Ages. noun the form of Latin used in versions of the Bible, esp the form used in the Vulgate See also Late Latin
of or in the Bible: a Biblical name. in accord with the Bible. evocative of or suggesting the Bible or Biblical times, especially in size or extent: disaster on a Biblical scale; a Biblical landscape. Contemporary Examples Can Goldman Find God? Jacki Zehner, Katharine Rhodes Henderson November 13, 2009 The GOP’s Vote for Hate—and Suicide […]
literal interpretation of the Bible. Historical Examples The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation Ernst Von Dobschutz