from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hallowed or holy place.
- n. A chapel for seafarers.
- n. Chiefly British A Nonconformist chapel, especially a Baptist or Methodist one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A holy place.
- n. A chapel, especially one for sailors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place of worship; a hallowed spot.
- n. A chapel for dissenters.
- n. A house of worship for seamen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hallowed spot.
- n. A name sometimes applied to a place of worship in England, especially to a dissenting chapel.
- n. A church or chapel for seamen, whether located on shore or, as is often the case, afloat in a harbor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a house of worship (especially one for sailors)
The house was called bethel agreeable to the prayer that was made.
The Life, Experience, and Gospel Labours of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen. To Which is Annexed the Rise and Progress of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Containing a Narrative of the Yellow Fever in the Year of Our Lord 1793: With an Address to the People of Colour in the United States
Note: I thought "bethel" was the word for house in Hebrew - what is this Jeru stuff?
She sprang from the bed and hurriedly rearranged the bethel on her bedspread.
She will send you a letter if you send her a postcard. note: postcard deal still good, let me know if you'd like a reply: po box 81 bethel vt 05032
There is a bethel, or floating "seaman's chapel," anchored in the
BAETYLUS (Gr. [Greek: baitulos, baitulion]), a word of Semitic origin (= bethel) denoting a sacred stone, which was supposed to be endowed with life.
Page 8 and so our house for years was a real "bethel."
They had matched each other in number since the French admiral had exiled the British missionary-consul, and compelled the queen to erect a papal church for every bethel.
A stone might be a/bît îli/or bethel -- a "house of god," and almost invested with the status of a living thing, but that does not prove that the Babylonians thought of every stone as being endowed with life, even in prehistoric times.
Before breakfast, another blast for family and private prayer; and then every tent became, in camp language, "a bethel of struggling Jacobs and prevailing Israels," every tree "an altar;" and every grove "a secret closet;" till the air all became religious words and phrases, and vocal with "Amens."
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