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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Degree

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is the rendering in the A. V. of one Heb. and one, Gr. term (besides being employed as an adjunct in the phrases "man of high [or low] degree," where it has no [other] correspondent in the original) מִעֲלָה, maalah' (2 Kings 20:9-11 Isaiah 38:8, referring to the graduated scale of the dial [q.v.] of Ahaz, and in the titles of the Psalms entitled "Song of Degrees" [see below]; a step, as elsewhere generally rendered); βαθμός (only 1 Timothy 3:13, graduation or promotion, etc. of a deacon [q.v.] to a higher office; or perhaps rather a spiritual stand-point or condition, see Alford, in loc.), a step (as of a staircase or door, Sirach 6:36). (See STAIRS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Degree'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/d/degree.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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