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Orion

Orion [N] [S]

Heb. Kesil; i.e., "the fool", the name of a constellation ( Job 9:9 ; 38:31 ; Amos 5:8 ) consisting of about eighty stars. The Vulgate renders thus, but the LXX. renders by Hesperus, i.e., "the evening-star," Venus. The Orientals "appear to have conceived of this constellation under the figure of an impious giant bound upon the sky." This giant was, according to tradition, Nimrod, the type of the folly that contends against God. In Isaiah 13:10 the plural form of the Hebrew word is rendered "constellations."

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Orion". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Orion [N] [E]

(the giant ), a large and bright constellation of 80 stars, 17 large ones, crossed by the equinoctial line. It is named after a mythical personage of the Greeks, of gigantic stature and "the handsomest man in the world." The Arabs called it" the giant," referring to Nimrod, the mighty hunter who was fabled to have been bound in the sky for his impiety. ( Job 9:9 ) Also alluded to in ( Job 38:31 )


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Orion'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

ORION

o-ri'-on:

A brilliant constellation dedicated to Nimrod or Merodach.

See ASTRONOMY, sec. II, 11.


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ORION'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.