Birth Story • Childbirth
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Birth [Heb. môleḏeṯ] (Gen. 11:28; 24:7; 31:13; Jer. 46:16; Ezk. 16:3f); AV NATIVITY, KINDRED; [tôleḏôṯ] (Gen. 25:13; Ex. 28:10); AV also GENERATIONS; NEB also SENIORITY; [min-beṭen] (Jgs. 13:5, 7; Ps. 22:10; 58:3; 71:6; Isa. 46:3; 48:8); AV WOMB, BELLY; [yālaḏ] (Gen. 5:7ff; 11:11ff; 1 S. 4:19
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Birth. The people of Israel, like the other peoples of the ancient Near East, had only a limited knowledge of the physiological events of conception and gestation. At Job 10:10–11 conception is described as a pouring out of milk and a curdling of cheese, with the fetus then being clothed with skin and
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BirthAs soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9; Luke 2:7, 12). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter double that number of days. At the close of that period
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BIRTH — the act of bringing forth young from the womb. Although birth can be quick (Ex. 1:19), in the Bible it can also be preceded by hard labor, pain, and anguish (Gen. 3:16), and birth is often used as a symbol of pain and suffering (Ps. 48:6). But it also can be a time of joy and celebration because
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
BirthA number of images are woven around the natural and supernatural events of birth in the Bible. In narrative, birth stories often emphasize the fact that the great saviors of Israel are gifts from God. The births of Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Samson, and Samuel involve either the opening of a closed womb
Birth Story
Birth StoryBirth is the earliest miracle of human life. At the creation, Adam and Eve were commanded to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28). Throughout the OT the birth of babies is an important element in the story of God’s work in history. Such passages as the lists of “begats” in Genesis and Chronicles
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BIRTH<burth> ([γένεσις, genesis]):1. It was said by the angel beforehand of John the Baptist, “Many shall rejoice at his birth”; and when he was born Elisabeth said, “Thus hath the Lord done unto me .... to take away my reproach among men” (Luke 1:14, 25). Among the ancient Hebrews barrenness
Compton’s Encyclopedia
multiple birth
multiple birthThe birth of more than one offspring at a time is called a multiple birth. Multiple births are common in smaller mammals, such as domestic cats and dogs. Humans and other large mammals, however, ordinarily give birth to only one offspring at a time. (See also Mammal.) In humans, about
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BIRTH Bringing forth young from the womb. The biblical writers, like other ancient people, did not fully understand the process of conception. Having no knowledge of the woman’s ovum, they thought that only the male’s semen (his “seed”) produced the child. The woman provided her womb as a receptacle
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
birth. This word, or the concept to which it refers, is used in the Bible both in its literal, physical meaning and in a figurative, spiritual sense (for the latter, see regeneration). The Bible offers more than a hint that the physical experience of giving birth is far more painful than originally intended
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
CHILDBIRTHAll [pagans] are brought to birth with idolatry for the midwife. The very wombs that bear them are still bound with the bands that have been wreathed before the idols, declaring their offspring to be consecrated to demons. For in childbirth, pagan women invoke the aid of Lucina and Diana.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
BIRTH, bûrth (γένεσις, génesis):(1) It was said by the angel beforehand of John the Baptist, “Many shall rejoice at his birth”; and when he was born Elisabeth said, “Thus hath the Lord done unto me … to take away my reproach among men” (Lk 1:14, 25). Among the ancient Hebrews barrenness was a “reproach,”
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
BIRTH. The biblical exegesis of the Fathers on both the OT and NT (see Lk 1:13) considers marital fecundity to be a good and a gift of God (Clem. Al., Strom. II, 83,142,1–2; Cyr. of Jer., Catech. IX, 15; Ambr., Exp. Lc. 1,29; John Chrys., Anna 1,4). Conversely, the church considered *Encratite movements,
Key passages
Ge 3:16

To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bear children. And to your husband shall be your desire. And he shall rule over you.”

Tob 4:3–4

So having called him, he said, “Child, if I should die, bury me and do not neglect your mother; honor her all the days of your life and do what pleases her and do not grieve her. Remember, child, that she experienced many dangers because of you when you were in her womb. When she dies, bury her …

Wis 7:2–3

in ten months’ time, established in blood from the seed of a man and the pleasure of coming together in sleep. And when I was born, I drew in the common air and fell upon the same earth, crying with my first sound the same as everyone.

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