Barrenness • Childless • Childlessness • Infertility
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
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
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
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
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.
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