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Explores the role of children in biblical times, including the importance assigned to children in the Bible, the lifestyle and education of children, and the value that Jesus Christ gave to children.
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Children Explores the role of children in biblical times, including the importance assigned to children in the Bible, the lifestyle and education of children, and the value that Jesus Christ gave to children.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Child, Children
CHILD, CHILDREN. In the OT, children are a gift from God, instruments of God’s activity, and symbolically a guarantee of the covenant between God and the people of Israel. In the NT, children are principally a model or image for the believer to emulate.A. Children in the OTB. Children in MarkC. Children
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Child; Babe; Infant; Suckling; etc.
Child; Babe; Infant; Suckling; etc. [Heb. bēn, yeleḏ, na‘ar, ṭap̱, ‘ôlēl, yānaq, also ‘ûl, ‘wîl, ṣā‘îr, zera‘ (Lev. 22:13), yāḥîḏ (“only child,” Jgs. 11:34), etc.; Gk. paidíon, téknon, tekníon, bréphos, nḗpios, huiós, país, also thēlázōn (Mt. 21:16), nēpiázō (1 Cor. 14:20),
Lad[Heb naʿar (Gen. 21:12, 17–20; 22:5, 12; 37:2; 43:8; 44:22, 30–34; Jgs. 16:26; 1 S. 20:21, 35–41; 2 S. 17:18), yeleḏ (Gen. 37:30; 42:22); Gk. país (Acts 20:12) and its diminutive paidárion (Jn. 6:9)]. See Child.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Child, Children
child, children, offspring, which were highly valued by Israelites as gracious gifts of God (Pss. 113:9; 127:3; 128:5–6). Having large numbers of children was considered a divine blessing (Gen. 24:60; Ruth 4:11–12), and the multiplication of descendants was part of God’s promise to Israel’s ancestors
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CHILDREN. Parenthood, as the Bible sees it, is an incontestable proof of God’s favor. The pious Israelite, therefore, responded to the birth of his child with gratitude and joy (Ps 127; 128:3) and his wife shared these emotions (Ps 113:9). Indeed, the larger their family, the greater was the thankfulness
LAD. In the OT the Heb. na˓ar usually designates a young person, boy or child (Gen 21:12; 22:5; Jdg 16:26; 1 Sam 2:11, 26; 20:21; etc.). It may also be used of a married man, however, as of Benjamin in Gen 43:8; cf. 46:21; of a servant (2 Kgs 4:19, KJV “lad,” RSV “servant”; Num 22:22; 2 Kgs 4:25, “Gehazi
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Children, ChildhoodChildren were an important part of ancient society. The vocabulary associated with childhood reflects an awareness of the child in its social setting, but that is not related to any understanding of the precise stages of a child’s development (e.g., Mark 5:42 links together two quite
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Child (Heb. ṭap̱, yeleḏ; Gk. paidíon, téknon). The Bible, especially the Old Testament, emphasizes that having children is a great blessing (Ps. 127:3; 128:3; cf. Job 5:25). Moreover, childless couples were often ridiculed (Hannah by Peninnah, 1 Sam. 1:6) and despised (Sarah by Hagar, Gen.
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Child, Children
Child, children“And those who ate were about five thousand, not counting women and children” (Mt 14:21; cf. 15:38). The additional mention of the women and children in Matthew’s version of the miraculous feedings certainly has the effect of augmenting the scope of the miracle.* It expresses also the
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Sonship, Child, Children
Sonship, Child, ChildrenThe terminology of childhood features with remarkable infrequency in the NT (see DJG, Child, Children) and is not mentioned at all in most of the literature surveyed here. Where it occurs the motif has three dominant usages. 1. Childhood as an Image of Growth 2. Childhood as
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Children. The blessing of offspring, but especially of the male sex, is highly valued among all eastern nations, while the absence is regarded as one of the severest punishments. Gen. 16:2; Deut. 7:14; 1 Sam. 1:6; 2 Sam. 6:23; 2 Kings 4:14; Isa. 47:9; Jer. 20:15; Ps. 127:3, 5. As soon as the child was