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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A change of place from higher to lower; as, a descent from a mountaintop.

2. (n.) Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.

3. (n.) Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.

4. (n.) Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.

5. (n.) Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.

6. (n.) Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.

7. (n.) That which is descended; descendants; issue.

8. (n.) A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.

9. (n.) Lowest place; extreme downward place.

10. (n.) A passing from a higher to a lower tone.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

de-send', de-sent' (yaradh; katabaino, "go down"); (katabasis): Of Yahweh (Exodus 34:5); of the Spirit (Matthew 3:16); of angels (Genesis 28:12 Matthew 28:2 John 1:51); of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16 Ephesians 4:9). "He also descended into the lower parts of the earth" is variously interpreted, the two chief interpretations being the one of the incarnation, and the other of the "descent into hell" (1 Peter 3:19). The former regards the clause "of the earth," an appositive genitive, as when we speak of "the city of Rome," namely, "the lower parts, i.e. the earth." The other regards the genitive as possessive, or, with Meyer, as governed by the comparative, i.e. "parts lower than the earth." For the former view, see full discussion in Eadie; for the latter, Ellicott and especially Meyer, in commentaries on Eph.

H. E. Jacobs




2600. katabasis -- descent
... descent. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: katabasis Phonetic Spelling:
(kat-ab'-as-is) Short Definition: descent Definition: descent. ...
// - 6k

1075. genealogeo -- to trace ancestry
... of Speech: Verb Transliteration: genealogeo Phonetic Spelling: (ghen-eh-al-og-eh'-
o) Short Definition: I put into a genealogy, reckon my descent Definition: I ...
// - 6k

35. agenealogetos -- without genealogy
... Phonetic Spelling: (ag-en-eh-al-og'-ay-tos) Short Definition: of unrecorded genealogy
Definition: of unrecorded genealogy, whose descent cannot be traced. ...
// - 6k

1080. gennao -- to beget, to bring forth
... Word Origin from genna (descent, birth) Definition to beget, to bring forth NASB
Word Usage bear (1), bearing children (1), became the father of (4), became ...
// - 9k

5449. phusis -- nature
... From phuo; growth (by germination or expansion), ie (by implication) natural production
(lineal descent); by extension, a genus or sort; figuratively, native ...
// - 7k

1078. genesis -- origin, birth
... Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: genesis Phonetic Spelling:
(ghen'-es-is) Short Definition: birth, lineage Definition: birth, lineage, descent. ...
// - 6k

36. agenes -- unborn, of no family, ignoble
... base things. From a (as negative particle) and genos; properly, without kin, ie
(of unknown descent, and by implication) ignoble -- base things. see GREEK a. ...
// - 6k

3965. patria -- lineage, family
... As if feminine of a derivative of pater; paternal descent, ie (concretely) a group
of families or a whole race (nation) -- family, kindred, lineage. ...
// - 6k

1085. genos -- family, offspring
... Word Origin from ginomai Definition family, offspring NASB Word Usage birth (2),
countrymen (2), descendant (1), descent (1), family (2), kind (3), kinds (3 ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
4174. morad -- a descent, slope
... 4173, 4174. morad. 4175 . a descent, slope. Transliteration: morad Phonetic
Spelling: (mo-rawd') Short Definition: descent. Word ...
/hebrew/4174.htm - 6k

5183b. nachath -- descent
... nachath. 5184 . descent. Transliteration: nachath Short Definition: descending.
Word Origin from nacheth Definition descent NASB Word Usage descending (1). ...
/hebrew/5183b.htm - 5k

5183. Nachath -- quietness, rest
... From nchath; a descent, ie Imposition, unfavorable (punishment) or favorable (food);
also (intransitively; perhaps from nuwach), restfulness -- lighting down ...
/hebrew/5183.htm - 5k

8435. toledoth -- generations
... Tolad. Or toldah {to-led-aw'}; from yalad; (plural only) descent, ie Family;
(figuratively) history -- birth, generations. see HEBREW yalad. 8434, 8435. ...
/hebrew/8435.htm - 6k

2233. zera -- a sowing, seed, offspring
... from zara Definition a sowing, seed, offspring NASB Word Usage carnally* (1), child
(1), children (3), descendant (3), descendants (105), descent (1), family (6 ...
/hebrew/2233.htm - 6k

5157. nachal -- to get or take as a possession
... A primitive root; to inherit (as a (figurative) mode of descent), or (generally)
to occupy; causatively, to bequeath, or (generally) distribute, instate ...
/hebrew/5157.htm - 7k

3382. Yered -- a descendant of Seth, also a man of Judah
... Jared. From yarad; a descent; Jered, the name of an antediluvian, and of an Israelite --
Jared. see HEBREW yarad. 3381, 3382. Yered. 3383 . Strong's Numbers
/hebrew/3382.htm - 6k

4163. motsaah -- going forth
... draught house; going forth. Feminine of mowtsa'; a family descent; also a sewer
(marg.; compare tsow'ah) -- draught house; going forth. see HEBREW mowtsa'. ...
/hebrew/4163.htm - 6k


The Descent from the Mount
... Strong Meat for Hungry Souls: The Gospel of St. Mark CHAPTER 9:9-13 THE
DESCENT FROM THE MOUNT. "And as they were coming down from ...
/.../chadwick/the gospel of st mark/chapter 9 9-13 the descent from.htm

The Lord's Descent from Heaven.
... Chapter Eight The Churchward Results of the Redeemer's Return 1. The Lord's
descent from Heaven. ... The Lord Himself shall descent. ...
// redeemers return/1 the lords descent from.htm

Book iv. The Descent: from the Mount of Transfiguration into the ...
HUMILIATION AND DEATH. But God forbede but men shulde leve ...
/.../edersheim/the life and times of jesus the messiah/book iv the descent from.htm

The Descent of the Spirit. --Acts, ii. 1-4.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CXXXVI. The Descent of the Spirit."Acts, ii. 1-4. ... James Montgomery.
The Descent of the Spirit."Acts, ii.1-4. Lord God, the Holy Ghost,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cxxxvi the descent of.htm

A Detached Account of the Descent into Hell.
... CHAPTER LIX. A Detached Account of the Descent into Hell. When Jesus, after
uttering a loud cry, expired, I saw his heavenly soul ...
/.../chapter lix a detached account.htm

The Names and Descent of Other ??ons; First Half a Score, Then Two ...
... Chapter VIII."The Names and Descent of Other ??ons; First Half a Score, Then Two
More, and Ultimately a Dozen Besides. These Thirty Constitute the Pleroma. ...
/.../tertullian/against the valentinians/chapter viii the names and descent.htm

Concerning the Descent to Hades.
... Book III. Chapter XXIX."Concerning the Descent to Hades. The soul [2245]
when it was deified descended into Hades, in order that ...
/.../exposition of the orthodox faith/chapter xxix concerning the descent to.htm

Whether Christ by his Descent into Hell Delivered Souls from ...
... OF CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL (EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether Christ by His descent
into hell delivered souls from purgatory? Objection ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether christ by his descent.htm

But the Descent into the Water, and the Trine Immersion of the ...
... IV."Apologetic Works. Chapter XXXV. But the descent into the water, and
the trine immersion of the person in it? But the descent ...
/.../gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/chapter xxxv but the descent.htm

Eighth Tractate. The Soul's Descent into Body.
times it has happened: Lifted out of the body into myself ...
/.../plotinus/the six enneads/eighth tractate the souls descent.htm

Descent (22 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) A change of place from higher to lower; as, a
descent from a mountaintop. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DESCEND; DESCENT. ...
/d/descent.htm - 15k

Jared (7 Occurrences)
...Descent. (1.) The fourth antediluvian patriarch in descent from Seth (Genesis
5:15-20; Luke 3:37), the father of Enoch; called Jered in 1 Chronicles 1:2. ...
/j/jared.htm - 9k

Luhith (2 Occurrences)
... lu'-hith, loo'-hith, ma`-aleh ha-luchith): A place named in Isaiah 15:5 Jeremiah
48:5. It is clearly identical with the way, or descent, of Horonaim. ...
/l/luhith.htm - 8k

Great (10383 Occurrences)
... Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; -- often used before grand
to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great ...
/g/great.htm - 35k

Features (3 Occurrences)
... or Shephelah. In the latter passage, it might mean the same, or it might
mean the descent from the Judean hills to the Ghaur. In ...
/f/features.htm - 12k

Blood (435 Occurrences)
... See under Arterial. 2. (n.) Relationship by descent from a common ancestor;
consanguinity; kinship. 3. (n.) Descent; lineage; especially ...
/b/blood.htm - 54k

... Professor William Henry Green, who maintains that it is not Intended to give chronology,
and does not give it, but only indicates the line of descent, as where ...
/a/antediluvians.htm - 11k

Greeks (22 Occurrences)
... Old Testament Apocrypha, that, in consequence of the spread of Hellenism, the term
Hellenes was applied not only to such as were of Hellenic descent, but also ...
/g/greeks.htm - 19k

Grecians (4 Occurrences)
... Old Testament Apocrypha, that, in consequence of the spread of Hellenism, the term
Hellenes was applied not only to such as were of Hellenic descent, but also ...
/g/grecians.htm - 14k

God (45911 Occurrences)
... Revised Version (British and American) translates the latter Greek phrase more
accurately "sons of God." Tekna contains the idea of origin or descent, but also ...
/g/god.htm - 101k

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Descent: Dictionary and Thesaurus |

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Descent (22 Occurrences)

Luke 19:37
As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,

John 1:13
who were begotten as such not by human descent, nor through an impulse of their own nature, nor through the will of a human father, but from God.

Acts 4:6
Annas the high priest was there, with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the high priest.
(See NAS)

Romans 1:3
who, as regards His human descent, belonged to the posterity of David,

Romans 9:8
In other words, it is not the children by natural descent who count as God's children, but the children made such by the promise are regarded as Abraham's posterity.

Hebrews 7:3
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Hebrews 7:6
But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

Hebrews 7:16
and hold His office not in obedience to any temporary Law, but by virtue of an indestructible Life.
(See RSV)

Genesis 10:32
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations. Of these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
(See NIV)

Joshua 7:5
The men of Ai struck about thirty-six men of them, and they chased them from before the gate even to Shebarim, and struck them at the descent. The hearts of the people melted, and became like water.

Joshua 8:14
It happened, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hurried and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at the time appointed, before the Arabah; but he didn't know that there was an ambush against him behind the city.
(See RSV)

Joshua 10:11
It happened, as they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth Horon, that Yahweh cast down great stones from the sky on them to Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than who the children of Israel killed with the sword.

2 Kings 12:20
And his servants rose up and made a conspiracy, and smote Joash in the house of Millo, at the descent of Silla.

Ezra 2:59
These were those who went up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer; but they could not show their fathers' houses, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:
(See RSV)

Nehemiah 7:61
These were those who went up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer; but they could not show their fathers' houses, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel:
(See RSV)

Nehemiah 9:2
The seed of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
(See NIV)

Nehemiah 13:3
It came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

Esther 6:13
Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him, but you will surely fall before him."

Isaiah 30:30
Yahweh will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will show the descent of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, storm, and hailstones.

Jeremiah 48:5
For by the ascent of Luhith with continual weeping shall they go up; for at the descent of Horonaim they have heard the distress of the cry of destruction.

Ezekiel 44:22
Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her who is put away; but they shall take virgins of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.
(See NIV)

Daniel 9:1
In the first year of Darius, son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who hath been made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans,



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