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Barrenness
Barren • Childlessness • Closed Womb
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Barrenness
Barrenness. State of being barren or childless. A closed womb was a deep personal tragedy in OT times. God’s command to men after the flood was to be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth (Gn 9:1) and later Jeremiah offered the same advice (Jer 29:6). A barren wife in a polygamous marriage
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
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Barrenness
BARRENNESS Condition of being barren or childless. A closed womb was a personal tragedy in OT times. God’s command to people after the Flood was to be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth (Gn 9:1); later, Jeremiah offered the same advice (Jer 29:6). A barren wife in a polygamous marriage
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Barrenness
BARRENNESS. To be a wife without bearing children has always been regarded in the East, not only as a matter of regret, but as a reproach which could lead to divorce. This is the cause of Sarah’s despairing laughter (Gn. 18:12), Hannah’s silent prayer (1 Sa. 1:10ff.), Rachel’s passionate alternative
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Barrenness
BarrennessBarrenness in the Bible is an image of lifelessness, where God’s redemptive blessing is absent. In the beginning the verdant fecundity of the Garden of Eden and the splendor of male and female sexuality promised a fertility that glorified all life as originally created by God.When Adam and
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BARREN; BARRENNESS
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
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Barrenness
barrenness. To be a wife without motherhood has always been regarded in the E not merely as a matter of regret, but also of reproach and humiliation. Notice Sarah’s sad laughter of despair (Gen. 18:12), Hannah’s silent pleading (1 Sam. 1:10–17), and Rachel’s passionate alternative of children or death
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
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BARREN
BARREN, BARRENNESS [עָקַרʿaqar; στεῖρα steira]. Barrenness describes a woman who is physically unable to bear children. The case of Eve—the first woman and “mother of all living” (Gen 3:20)—establishes the connection between a woman’s self-identity and childbearing. The patriarchal nature of the society
Key passages
Ge 25:21

And Isaac prayed to Yahweh on behalf of his wife, for she was barren. And Yahweh responded to his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

Lk 23:29

For behold, days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that did not give birth, and the breasts that did not nurse!’

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