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Easton's Bible Dictionary


(1.) The orient (mizrah); the rising of the sun. Thus "the east country" is the country lying to the east of Syria, the Elymais (Zec 8:7).

(2). Properly what is in front of one, or a country that is before or in front of another; the rendering of the word kedem. In pointing out the quarters, a Hebrew always looked with his face toward the east. The word kedem is used when the four quarters of the world are described (Gen 13:14; 28:14); and mizrah when the east only is distinguished from the west (Jos 11:3; Psa 50:1; 103:12, etc.). In Gen 25:6 "eastward" is literally "unto the land of kedem;" i.e., the lands lying east of Palestine, namely, Arabia, Mesopotamia, etc.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g395 Greek: anatole


primarily "a rising," as of the sun and stars, corresponds to anatello, "to make to rise," or, intransitively, "to arise," which is also used of the sunlight, as well as of other objects in nature. In Luk 1:78 it is used metaphorically of Christ as "the Dayspring," the One through whom light came into the world, shining immediately into Israel, to dispel the darkness which was upon all nations. Cp. Mal 4:2. Elsewhere it denotes the "east," as the quarter of the sun's rising, Mat 2:1, 2, 9; 8:11; 24:27; Luk 13:29; Rev 7:2; 16:12; 21:13. The "east" in general stands for that side of things upon which the rising of the sun gives light. In the heavenly city itself, Rev 21:13, the reference to the "east" gate points to the outgoing of the influence of the city "eastward."

Smith's Bible Dictionary


The Hebrew term kedem properly means that which is before or in front of a person, and was applied to the east form the custom of turning in that direction when describing the points of the compass, before, behind, the right and the left representing respectively east, west, south and north (Job 23:8-9). The term as generally used refers to the lands lying immediately eastward of Palestine, viz., Arabia, Mesopotamia and Babylonia; on the other hand mizrach is used of the far east with a less definite signification (Isaiah 42:2; 42:25; 43:5; 46:11).

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