A Widow
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Widow (אַלְמָנָ֣ה‎, almanah; χήρα, chēra). A woman whose husband has died, or who has been parted in some way from her husband.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Widow. A woman whose husband has died, and frequently classed with the fatherless and orphans (Dt 14:29; 16:11; 24:20; 26:12; Ps 94:6). Laws were passed to make special provision for this group and to protect them against the unscrupulous.As the main purpose of the wife was to bear children, the childless
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Widow [Heb. ʾalmānâ, also ʾalmānụ̂-ṯ—‘widowhood’ (Gen. 38:14), ʾiššâ—‘woman,’ ‘wife’ (Ruth 4:5, 10; 1 S. 27:3; 30:5; 2 S. 2:2; 3:3); Gk. chḗra, also gynḗ—‘woman,’ ‘wife’ (Mt. 22:24), neṓtera—‘younger’ (“younger widow,” 1 Tim. 5:14)]; AV also WIFE (Heb. ʾiššâ; Gk. gynḗ), YOUNGER WOMAN
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
WIDOW A woman whose husband has died. In the Scriptures, widows are often listed with the fatherless and orphans (Dt 14:29; 16:11; 24:19–20; 26:12; Ps 94:6). Laws were passed to make special provision for this group and to protect them against the unscrupulous. The primary law had to do with levirate
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
widow. The status of widows in ancient society could be precarious, though Israel’s legal corpus did provide some measure of security. If a deceased Israelite had brothers, a levirate marriage could be arranged, but this was not always done (Deut. 25:5–10; cf. Gen. 38). A priest’s daughter could return
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
WIDOW. The Bible presents a widow as one in need of protection and provision, to be honored and respected. Thus Jerusalem destroyed is shown as a widow: “How doth the city sit solitary … how is she become as a widow!” (Lam 1:1).Under the Mosaic law, care of the widow was left to relatives, and was one
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
WidowHeb. ʾalmānâ, generally translated “widow,” means something more nuanced than simply a woman whose husband has died. Primarily on the basis of the Akkadian cognate almattu. in Middle Assyrian Law 33, some scholars have argued that an ʾalmānâ in ancient Israel was a woman whose husband and father-in-law
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Widow (Heb. ˒almāmâ; Gk. chḗra). Together with the fatherless and the sojourners, widows were members of a disadvantaged class in ancient Hebrew society. To help counter their plight, the Mosaic law contained a number of very specific provisions to protect and provide materially for the often
Catholic Bible Dictionary
WIDOW A woman whose husband has died. The woman who had lost her husband was permitted to remarry (Lev 21:14) and was subject to legal protection and special concern by society (Isa 1:17) and especially by God (Deut 10:18; Jer 49:11; Mal 3:5; Ps 68:5, 146:9; Prov 15:25). The maltreatment of widows provoked
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
widows. In NT times widows had an acknowledged claim to the charity of their fellow-Christians (Acts 6:1). Before long they acquired, like virgins, a recognized status and privileges in the Church, though they do not seem to have been ordained or to have taken specific vows. 1 Tim. 5:3–16, which contains
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Widow. Under the Mosaic dispensation no legal provision was made for the maintenance of widows. They were left dependent partly on the affection of relations, more especially of the eldest son, whose birthright, or extra share of the property, imposed such a duty upon him, and partly on the privileges