Abraham’s servant leaves with Rebekah
Abraham’s servant left Nahor with Rebekah and her nurse.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Nurse; Nursing
Nurse; Nursing [Heb qal part of yānaq (Cant. 8:1; Joel 2:16), hiphil and hiphil fem part (mêneqeṯ) of yānaq, part of ʾāman, part of sāḵan; Gk tróphos (1 Thess. 2:7)]; AV also SUCK, SUCKING, GIVE SUCK, CHERISH (1 K. 1:2, 4); NEB also SUCK, “at breast,” WET-NURSE, SUCKLE, “take care of” (1 K.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
NURSE A woman who took care of an infant that did not belong to her, or a man who took care of young children. The work was limited to the nursing and caring of an infant. Women usually took care of their own children, such as Sarah (Gn 21:7) and Hannah (1 Sm 1:23). A wet nurse often became a part of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
nurse, a woman who breast-feeds a child or one who takes care of another. Hebrew mothers usually nursed their children (Gen. 21:7; 1 Sam. 1:23; 1 Kings 3:21; 2 Macc. 2:27; cf. Song of Sol. 8:1), but wet nurses were sometimes employed, particularly in royal families (Exod. 2:7–9; 2 Kings 11:2; 2 Chron.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
NURSE. Two kinds of nurses are mentioned in the Heb. OT. The mêneqet (from yānaq, “to give suck”) was a wet nurse as in the case of Deborah who apparently had suckled Rebekah when an infant (Gen 24:59; 35:8), of Moses’ mother (Ex 2:7–8), and of Joash’s nurse (2 Kgs 11:2; 2 Chr 22:11). Suckling continued
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
NURSE. ‘Nurse’ in the evv may mean a wet-nurse, translating Heb. mêneqeṯ, used of Deborah (Gn. 24:59), of Moses’ mother (Ex. 2:7), and of the nurse of the infant Joash (2 Ki. 11:2; 2 Ch. 22:11). Suckling is usually continued in the Near East for 2 years, and the nurse often remains with the family
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
NurseNurses (Heb. mêneqeṯ, ʾōmeneṯ) and midwives (mĕyalleḏeṯ) helped households determine which women would bear children, when couples would have intercourse, who would adopt children, and who would nurse them. In many households only one wife conceived, bore, adopted, and nursed its sons and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nurse (Heb. mēneqeṯ, ˒ōmeneṯ; Gk. tróphos). In biblical usage a woman charged with caring for, and often suckling, a child other than her own. Since the Old Testament is primarily concerned with the activities of wealthy and/or royal families, most examples of nurses are for this upper class;
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Nurse. In ancient times the position of the nurse, wherever one was maintained, was one of much honor and importance. See Gen. 24:59; 35:8; 2 Sam. 4:4; 2 Kings 11:2. The same term is applied to a foster-father or mother, e.g., Num. 11:12; Ruth 4:16; Isa. 49:23.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Nurse, Nursing
NURSE, NURSING (Heb. yānaq, to “give milk,” once ˒āman, to “support, foster,” Ruth 4:16). It is clear, both from Scripture and from Greek and Roman writers, that in ancient times the position of the nurse was one of honor and importance (see Gen. 24:59; 35:8; 2 Sam. 4:4; 2 Kings 11:2). The same term
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Nursenurse, a woman who breastfeeds a child or one who takes care of another. Hebrew mothers usually nursed their own children (Gen. 21:7; 1 Sam. 1:23; 1 Kings 3:21; 2 Macc. 2:27; cf. Song of Sol. 8:1). Moses’mother was hired to nurse her child (Exod. 1:15-2:10, esp. 2:7–9). Weaning usually occurred
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
NurseThe nurse of biblical times does not carry the connotation of medicine or of aiding recovery from illness so much as the maternal connotation of suckling an infant child or caring for a growing child.The essence of nursing lay in nourishment and nurture. These twin aspects are seen in Mosesmother
Key passages
Ge 24:54–61

And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night. And they got up in the morning, and he said, “Let me go to my master.” And her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; after that she may go.” And he said to them, “Do not delay me. …