Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sons of thunder: a name given by Christ to two of his disciples, James and John, sons of Zebedee.
- Hence singular A name sometimes given to a vociferous preacher or orator.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Any declamatory and vociferous preacher or orator.
- Ancient Greek from Hebrew, "sons of thunder", an appellation given by Christ to two of his disciples (James and John). See Mark iii. 17. (Wiktionary)
“James, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, "Sons of Thunder";”
“John the brother of James, to whom he gave the name Boanerges or 'Sons of Thunder';”
“And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:”
“But you never find James called Boanerges, or John so called, either by themselves or by others.”
“When the denomination is made from a common name, and not a proper, then it is not so ill sounding to interpret the word: which is done once and again; Mark 3: 17, Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: Acts 4: 36,”
“What Elias once did to those of Samaria, the sons of Zebedee had an ambition to imitate in this place; dreaming (as it should seem) that there were those thunders and lightnings in their very name Boanerges, that should break out at pleasure for the death and destruction of those that provoked them.”
“Peter; and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is.”
“And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he named them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder.”
“They were called Boanerges -- sons of thunder -- probably on account of their energy and power in preaching the gospel, or of their vehement and rash zeal -- a remarkable example of which we have in this instance, Mr 3: 17.”
“This James the apostle is said James the son of Zebedee, brother of S. John the Evangelist and Boanerges, that is the son of thunder, and James the”
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