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A story that often contains imagined or exaggerated elements. To call something a tale implies it is an account unworthy of belief (Luke 24:11). In some older translations the word meant “tally,” “total,” or “number.” More modern translations use other words in those instances: “number” (Exod 5:18), “full number” (1Sam 18:27), or “count” (1Chr 9:28).

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.