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Holman Bible Dictionary

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• Nave's Topical Bible
» Fuller’s field
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
» Treasure in a field, wheat etc
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» Field
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• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
» Field
» Fuller's Field, the
» Potter's Field
» Zophim, the Field of
Greek - abide in the field, staying out in the fields
Greek - field, fields
Greek - field
Greek - corn field, grainfields
Greek - field
Greek - field, fields
Hebrew - field, fields
Hebrew - large field
Hebrew - cucumber field
Hebrew - field, battlefield, fields
Hebrew - field, fields
Hebrew - field
Hebrew - field
Hebrew - fruitful field, plentiful field, fertile field, fertile fields
Hebrew - field
Hebrew - open field
Hebrew - field
Hebrew - field

Unenclosed land. In the Hebrew definition of field, both the use of land (pasture, Genesis 29:2; Genesis 31:4; cropland, Genesis 37:7; Genesis 47:24; hunting ground, Genesis 27:3,Genesis 27:5) and the terrain [mountaintops, Numbers 21:20 (literal translation, “field of Moabi”); Judges 9:32,Judges 9:36;] were insignificant. The crucial distinction is between what is enclosed and what is open. A field may be contrasted with a tent (Numbers 19:14,Numbers 19:16), a camp (Leviticus 14:3,Leviticus 14:7), vineyards which were customarily enclosed (Exodus 22:5; Leviticus 25:3-4), or with a walled city (Leviticus 14:53; Deuteronomy 28:3,Deuteronomy 28:16). Villages without walls were regarded as fields (Leviticus 25:31). Fields were likewise distinguished from barren wasteland (Ezekiel 33:27). Fields were marked with landmarks (Deuteronomy 19:14).

The NRSV translated the Hebrew term shedemah, one of the words generally translated field, as vineyard at Deuteronomy 32:32. The REB rendered the term differently each place it was used (terraces, Deuteronomy 32:32; slope, 2 Kings 23:4; vineyard, Isaiah 16:8; field, Jeremiah 31:40; orchards, Habakkuk 3:17).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'FIELD'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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