Barrenness • Childless • Childlessness • Infertility
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Barren; Barrenness
Barren; Barrenness [Heb. ‘āqār, galmûḏ (1 S. 2:5; Job 3:7; Isa. 49:21), ‘ōṣer (Prov. 30:16); Gk. steíros, nekrós (Jas. 2:20), nékrōsis (Rom. 4:19)]; AV also SOLITARY, DESOLATE, DEAD, DEADNESS; NEB also CHILDLESS, DEADNESS. The term is generally applied to women who bear no children: Sarah
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BARREN. To the Hebrews, children were a blessing from the Lord (Ps 127:3–5), and childlessness was an affliction, a judgment of God (Ex 23:26; Deut 7:14; Lev 20:21). For a woman to be barren was the ultimate in sorrow and shame. She felt that she had failed in the prime reason for her existence, and
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BARREN (Heb. ˓āqār, when spoken of persons). Barrenness, in the East, was looked upon as a ground of great reproach as well as a punishment from God (1 Sam. 1:6; Isa. 47:9; 49:21; Luke 1:7, 25; etc.). Instances of childless wives are found in Gen. 11:30; 25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2–3; and Luke 1:7, 36.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BarrenFor a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among the Jews (Gen. 16:2; 30:1–23; 1 Sam. 1:6, 27; Isa. 47:9; 49:21; Luke 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen. 11:30; 25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2, 3; Luke 1:7, 36).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BARREN — the condition of being unable to bear children. In the Bible, the term is also applied figuratively to anything that is unproductive, such as land (2 Kin. 2:19) or a nation (Is. 54:1). In the Old Testament, barrenness was looked on as a curse or punishment from God (Gen. 16:2; 20:18; 1 Sam.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BARREN; BARRENNESS<bar’-en>, <bar’-en-nes> צִיָּה‎ [tsiyah]; מְלֵחָה‎ [melehah]; שָׁכֹל‎ [shakhol]; עָקָר‎ [̀aqar]; [στει̂ρος, steiros]; [ἀργός, argos]):1. Of land that bears no crop, eithera. because it is naturally poor and sterile: [tsiyah] “dry” (Joel 2:20), [melechah], “salt” (Job 39:6
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Barren, Barrenness
BARREN, BARRENNESS Term used to describe a woman who is unable to give birth to children: Sarai (Gen. 11:30), Rebekah (Gen. 25:21), Rachel (Gen. 29:31), Manoah’s wife (Judg. 13:2), Hannah (1 Sam. 1:5), and Elizabeth (Luke 1:7, 36). Also described as “solitary” (Job 3:7), “desolate” (2 Sam. 13:20; Isa.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Barren, Barrenness
BARREN, barʹen, BARRENNESS, barʹen-nes (צִיָּה‎, çīyāh; מְלֵהָה‎, melēhāh; שָׁכֹל‎, shākhōl; עָקָר‎, ʽāḳār; στεῖρος, steíros; ἀργός, argós):(1) Of land that bears no crop, either (a) because it is naturally poor and sterile: çīyāh “dry” (Joel 2:20), melēḥāh “salt” (Job 39:6 AV), shākhōl
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