The first appearance of light in the morning as the sun rises.
Job 3:9 indicates that the stars are still visible at dawn. Dawn is used in the literal sense of the beginning of the day (Joshua 6:15;
Matthew 4:16 uses the picture of the dawn in
Isaiah 9:2-3 as a figure for the new age of hope and promise which Jesus brought.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'DAWN'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".