Generation


Generation
Generation
Definitions include: a definite period of time, with a special reference to the average length of man's life; an indefinite period of time, of time past; the men who lived in the same period of time who were contemporaries; a race or class of men; and a dwelling place or habitation

Catholic Encyclopedia. . 2006.

Generation
    Generation
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Generation
    (Lat. Vulgate, generatio).
    This word, of very varied meaning, corresponds to the two Hebrew terms: dôr, tôledôth. As a rendering of the later, the Vulgate plural form, generationes, is treated in the article GENEALOGY. As a rendering of the former, the word generation is used in the following principal senses.
    ♦ It designates a definite period of time, with a special reference to the average length of man's life. It is in this sense, for example, that, during the long-lived patriarchal age, a "generation" is rated as a period of 100 years (Gen., xv, 16, compared with Gen., xv, 13, and Ex., xii, 40), and that, at a later date, it is represented as of only 30 to 40 years.
    ♦ The word generation is used to mean an indefinite period of time: of time past, as in Deut., xxxii, 7, where we read: "Remember the days of old, think upon every generation", and in Isaias, lviii, 12, etc.; of time future, as in Ps. xliv (Heb. xlv), 18, etc.
    ♦ In a concrete sense, generation designates the men who lived in the same period of time, who were contemporaries, as for instance in Gen., vi, 9: "Noe was a just and perfect man in his generations"; see also: Num., xxxii, 13; Deut., i, 35; Matt., xxiv, 34; etc.
    ♦ Independently of the idea of time, generation is employed to mean a race or class of men as characterized by the same recurring condition or quality. In this sense, the Bible speaks of a "just generation", literally "generation of the just" [Ps. xiii (Heb., xiv), 6; etc.], a "perverse generation", equivalent to: "generation of the wicked" [Deut., xxxii, 5; Mark, ix, 18 (Gr., verse 19); etc.].
    ♦ Lastly, in Is., xxxviii, 12, the word generation is used to designate a dwelling place or habitation, probably from the circular for of the nomad tent. Whence it can be readily seen that, in its various principal acceptations, the word generation (usually in the Septuagint and in the Greek New Testament: genea) preserves something of the primitive meaning of "circuit", "period", conveyed by the Hebrew term dôr.
    GESENIUS, Thesaurus (Leipzig, 1829); FURST, Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (Leipzig, 1867); BROWN, DRIVER AND BRIGGS, Hebrew and English Lexicon (New York, 1906).
    FRANCIS E. GIGOT
    Transcribed by Scott Anthony Hibbs

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


Catholic encyclopedia.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Generation — Generation …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Generation —  Generation …   Hochdeutsch - Plautdietsch Wörterbuch

  • génération — [ ʒenerasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; generatiun v. 1120; lat. generatio ♦ Action d engendrer. 1 ♦ Production d un nouvel individu; fonction par laquelle les êtres se reproduisent. ⇒ reproduction. Génération asexuée. ⇒ multiplication; scissiparité,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Generation Z — (also known as Generation M, the Net Generation, or the Internet Generation) is a common name in the US and other Western nations for the group of people born from the early 2000s through to the present.[1][2][3][4] The generation has grown up… …   Wikipedia

  • Generation Y — Génération Y Le terme « génération Y » désigne les personnes nées entre la fin des années 1970 et le milieu des années 1990. Il tire son nom de la génération précédente, nommée génération X. D autres termes équivalents existent :… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Generation X — is a term used to describe generations in the United States and other countries born between the approximate years of 1965 to 1981, [http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1731528,00.html Gen X: The Ignored Generation? TIME ] ] the late… …   Wikipedia

  • Generation — Génération Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • generation — gen‧e‧ra‧tion [ˌdʒenəˈreɪʆn] noun 1. [uncountable] MANUFACTURING the process of producing energy or power: • the generation of electricity 2. [uncountable] COMMERCE the process of producing or increasing income, profits, sa …   Financial and business terms

  • generation — Generation. s. f. Action d engendrer. Propre à la generation. inhabile à la generation incapable de generation. On dit en Theologie en parlant des Personnes divines, que Le Fils vient du Pere par voye de generation, & le saint Esprit du Pere & du …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Generation O! — Logo Genre Animated series Developed by Sunbow Entertainment Directed by …   Wikipedia