Sense of the Day: Power (Physical)


Sense: power (physical)

n. — physical strength.

We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power [עֱזוּז], and the wonders he has done.

Psalm 78:4 (NIV)

In the 2006 edition of Biblica, van der Merwe wrote an article titled “Lexical Meaning in Biblical Hebrew and Cognitive Semantics: A Case Study.” In the article, he compares several Hebrew words meaning “strong,” “strength,” and “power(ful).” The Bible Sense Lexicon provides a great starting point for work like that found in van der Merwe’s article. For example, how might a person decide which words to compare in this type of study? In the case of the Bible Sense Lexicon, sets of synonyms are already gathered. Furthermore, the BLS concordance entries provide easy access to example verses, making it possible to get a quick overview of the types of contexts in which a particular word might be used to mean “power.” Take a look at van der Merwe’s article today to see how the BSL might aid in this type of study.

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

Learn more about the Bible Sense Lexicon.

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