Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, May 25th, 2024
the Week of Proper 2 / Ordinary 7
Attention!
Take your personal ministry to the Next Level by helping StudyLight build churches and supporting pastors in Uganda.
Click here to join the effort!

Bible Dictionaries
Banner, Ensign, Standard

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Search for…
or
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
Prev Entry
Banneas
Next Entry
Bannus
Resource Toolbox
Additional Links

BANNER, ENSIGN, STANDARD . That the Hebrews, like the Egyptians (Wilkinson, Anc. Egyp . [1878] I. 195, illust.), Assyrians, and other ancient nations, possessed military ensigns is a safe inference from Numbers 2:2 , but not from the mention of the standard-bearer in Isaiah 10:18 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] , which is to be rendered as RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] . Nothing certain, however, is known regarding them. In the former passage a distinction seems to be made for another view see Gray’s Com. in loc . between the ensigns (lit. ‘signs,’ cf. Psalms 74:4 where the reference is probably to the standards of Antiochus’ army) of the ‘fathers’ houses,’ and the standards (the banner of Song of Solomon 2:4; cf. Song of Solomon 6:4; cf. Song of Solomon 6:10 ) of the four great divisions of the Hebrew tribes in the wilderness, according to the artificial theory of the priestly writer.

Equally uncertain is the relation of these to the nçs , which was a wooden pole ( Numbers 21:8 f. AV [Note: Authorized Version.] and RV [Note: Revised Version.] ‘standard’ cf. the parallelism with ‘mast’ Isaiah 30:17 RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] ), set up on an eminence as a signal for the mustering of the troops. This word is of frequent occurrence both in the original sense and in the figurative sense of a rallying point, in the prophetic announcements of the future ( Isaiah 5:26; Isaiah 11:10 , Jeremiah 4:21 and often). The rendering alternates between ‘ensign’ and ‘banner.’

A. R. S. Kennedy.

Bibliography Information
Hastings, James. Entry for 'Banner, Ensign, Standard'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hdb/​b/banner-ensign-standard.html. 1909.
 
adsfree-icon
Ads FreeProfile