The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Blemish (מוּם‎, mum; μῶμος, mōmos). A word that often refers to diseases, injuries, or imperfections (e.g., Lev 21:17–23; 22:19–25). Can also refer to spiritual or moral defects (2 Pet 2:13). Christ is called the “lamb without blemish” (Heb 9:14; 1 Pet 1:19) and gives unblemished status to his followers
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Blemish [Heb. mûm, K mu’wm (Dnl. 1:4)]; also SPOT; NEB also DEFECT, FLAW, FAULT; [šāḥaṯ] (Mal. 1:14); AV CORRUPT (THING); NEB DAMAGED (VICTIM); [Gk. mṓmos] (2 Pet. 2:13); NEB BLOT; [spilás] (Jude 12); AV SPOT; NEB BLOT; WITHOUT BLEMISH [Heb. tāmîm]; AV also WITHOUT SPOT; NEB also WITHOUT DEFECT,
Evil-favoredness (Dt. 17:1, AV). The word is the translation of the Heb. dāḇār raʿ, literally “evil thing” (RSV “defect”), and refers to the ritual unfitness for sacrifice of any animal that, though included in the class of clean beasts, yet possesses a blemish or otherwise lacks beauty of symmetry,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BLEMISH. The English word occurs often in KJV, mostly in Leviticus Numbers and Ezekiel, representing three Heb. and two Gr. words. Of the Heb. words, tāmı̂m means “entire” or “complete,” hence “without blemish.” Heb. m˒ûm, mûm means “something stained,” or “spot” or “blot.” The third, tballul (used
EVIL-FAVOREDNESS. This term is found in Deut 17:1. It states the ritual unfitness of any animal that possessed a blemish of any kind. This included the lack of symmetry or a lean-fleshed condition of the animal as set forth in Deut 15:21. God required perfect animals in the sacrificial offerings. These
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BlemishA physical defect, prohibited on priests who serve at the altar and on animals offered on the altar (Lev. 21:17–21; 22:19–25). Blemished priests were allowed to provide other services in the sanctuary except that which involved sacrifices at the altar, and animals with limited defects could be
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Blemish. Within a religious context, physical imperfection on the part of either the priest or the animal to be sacrificed.Because the cultic ceremonies in the tabernacle (and later in the temple) were to be performed as perfectly as was humanly possible, a priest suffering from blemishes (Heb. mûm,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BLEMISH. A physical or mental defect. As the spiritual nature of a man is reflected in his bodily form, only a faultless condition of the body could correspond to the holiness of a priest. Consequently, all men were excluded from the priesthood, and all animals from being offered as sacrifices, who had
EVIL-FAVOREDNESS. In the KJV (Deut. 17:1; NASB and NIV, “defect”) a term for a blemish, scurvy, wound, etc., that made an animal unfit for sacrifice (cf. Lev. 22:22–24).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Blemishimperfection or bodily deformity excluding men from the priesthood, and rendering animals unfit to be offered in sacrifice (Lev. 21:17–23; 22:19–25). The Christian church, as justified in Christ, is “without blemish” (Eph. 5:27). Christ offered himself a sacrifice “without blemish,” acceptable
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
EVIL-FAVOREDNESS — a KJV term (Deut. 17:1) for any defect (NKJV, NASB, NRSV, REB), or flaw (NIV) that made an animal unfit for sacrifice.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BLEMISH<blem’-ish>:1. מוּם‎ [mum], מְאוּם‎ [me’um]; [μω̂μος, momos]: This word signifies no particular skin disease, as has been supposed; but is used generally for any and all disfiguring affections of the skin, such as eczema, herpes, scabies, etc., even for scratches and scars, as in Leviticus
EVIL-FAVOREDNESS<e-v’-l-fa’-verd-nes>The word is the translation of the Hebrew [דָּבָר רַע‎, dabhar ra’], lit “evil thing,” and refers to the ritual unfitness for sacrifice of any animal which, though included in the class of clean beasts, yet possesses a blemish (see the word), or otherwise lacks
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Blemʹish. No person could be a priest under the Levitical Law who had any blemish or bodily defect (Lev. 21:17–21). The animals offered to God in sacrifice were required to be perfect and without blemish (Deut. 15:21). This corporeal perfection of priests and victims typified the spiritual perfection
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BLEMISH Condition that disqualifies an animal as a sacrifice (Lev. 22:17–25) or a man from priestly service (Lev. 21:17–24). In the NT, Christ is the perfect sacrifice (without blemish, Heb. 9:14; 1 Pet. 1:19) intended to sanctify the church and remove all its blemishes (Eph. 5:27). The children of God
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
blemish. This English term is used, along with “defect,” to translate the frequent Hebrew noun mûm H4583, found especially in the Pentateuch’s ritual prescriptions concerning physical defects in man and beast (e.g., Lev. 21:17; Num. 19:2). In Prov. 9:7 it refers to a physical injury, while in Job 11:15