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  • n. the Jewish rite of circumcision.

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  • n. the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life


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  • It ought to be rendered, just as the word berith of the Old Testament, "covenant."

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Testament the Hebrew word berith is always thus translated.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • How he got money from them to bear the charges of his pretensions (v. 4): They gave him seventy pieces of silver; it is not said what the value of these pieces was; so many shekels are less, and so many talents more, than we can well imagine; therefore it is supposed they were each a pound weight: but they gave this money out of the house of Baal-berith, that is, out of the public treasury, which, out of respect to their idol, they deposited in his temple to be protected by him; or out of the offerings that had been made to that idol, which they hoped would prosper the better in his hands for its having been consecrated to their god.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume II (Joshua to Esther)

  • The same Jews, after the death of Gideon, adore Baal-berith, which means precisely the same as Adonai — the lord, the protector; they change their protector.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The word “berith” is sometimes used for a single promise without a condition, 18, ix. 9; whence the apostle, handling this very promise, changeth the terms and calleth it a “testament.”

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Baal-berith or El-berith of Shechem (Judg.ix. 4, 46) is usually interpreted to be the Baal or God of the covenant, but whether of covenants in general or of a particular covenant concluded at Shechem is disputed.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 "Austria, Lower" to "Bacon"

  • But the new thing unfolded is that the covenant is to continue in force graciously also for his descendants "for generations" -- literally "for their generations" -- as a berith ` olam.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • A covenant (berith) is the most solemn and binding form of divine promise, given for man's double assurance and because of man's carnal weakness, but quite unnecessary when God's part of the agreement is concerned.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The "covenant." (berith) is somewhat puzzling from one point of view.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Consequently, nathan berith cannot here mean "to set up a covenant," but rather to put into force, or to make operative, the one that is in force.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1


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  • Also known as bofry. A Great Duke of Hell, powerful and terrible, and has twenty-six legions of demons under his command. He tells things of the past, present and future with true answers; he can also turn all metals into gold, give dignities to men and confirm them. He speaks with a clear and subtle voice, and according to some authors, he is a liar when not answering questions. (Wikipedia)

    May 22, 2008