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Cuttings in the Flesh
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Cuttings in the Flesh
Cuttings in the Flesh (שֶׂרֶט‎, seret; שָׂרֶטֶת‎, sareteth). Cutting oneself during cultic or ceremonial procedures, forbidden in Israelite law (Lev 19:28; 21:5; Ezek 9:4). Associated with idolatry and mourning (1 Kgs 18:28; Jer 16:6; 41:5; 48:37).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cuttings in the Flesh
Cuttings in the Flesh [Heb. śereṭ, sāreṭeṯ-‘incision,’ ‘tattoo’] (Lev. 19:28; 21:5); NEB GASH (THE BODY); [cf. Akk. šarātu-‘cut or tear to pieces’]. Physical self-laceration or self-mutilation inflicted as a sign of mourning or to seek the favor of a deity. See also Gash.The custom of self-laceration
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Cuttings In the Flesh
CUTTINGS IN THE FLESH. The biblical attitude gives no place in worship for cutting, gashing, or disfiguring the body in any way. (See Circumcision), an entirely different practice.) If not a belief in the sacredness of life, there was at least a profound respect for the body as God’s creation, and therefore
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cuttings in the Flesh
Cuttings in the Flesh (Heb. śereṭ, śāreṭeṯ). † A form of self-mutilation practiced as a sign of mourning. Because of its association with the pagan cults of Israel’s neighbors the Hebrews were forbidden to observe this rite (Lev. 19:28; 21:5; but cf. Jer. 16:6; 41:5). see Mourning.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cuttings in the flesh
Cuttings [in the flesh]. Cuttings in the flesh, or the laceration of one’s body for the “propitiation of their gods,” 1 Kings 18:28, constituted a prominent feature of idolatrous worship, especially among the Syrians. The Israelites were prohibited from indulging in such practices. Lev. 19:28; 21:5;
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Cuts
CUTS (in the flesh, Lev. 19:28; 21:5; Jer. 48:37). Unnatural disfigurement of the body was prohibited by Moses and seems to refer to the scratching of the arms, head, and face, common in times of mourning among the people of the East. The law gave the further prohibition, “Nor make any tattoo marks on
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Cutting
Cuttingthe flesh in various ways was an idolatrous practice, a part of idol-worship (Deut. 14:1; 1 Kings 18:28). The Israelites were commanded not to imitate this practice (Lev. 19:28; 21:5; Deut. 14:1). The tearing of the flesh from grief and anguish of spirit in mourning for the dead was regarded
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Cuttings of the Flesh
CUTTINGS OF THE FLESH — the cutting of oneself during worship to attract the attention of the gods. This practice was strictly forbidden in ancient Israel: “You shall not cut yourselves nor shave the front of your head for the dead” (Lev. 19:28; 21:5; Deut. 14:1). A striking example of this pagan practice
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CUTTINGS IN THE FLESH
CUTTINGS IN THE FLESH([שֶׂרֶט‎, sereT], [שָׂרֶטֶת‎, sareTeth]): For relatives or friends to cut or beat themselves even to free blood-flowing, especially in the violence of grief in mourning for their dead (see BURIAL; MOURNING), was a widely prevalent custom among ancient peoples, and is well-nigh
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Cuttings in the Flesh
Cutʹtings in the Flesh. The prohibition (Lev. 19:28) against marks or cuttings in the flesh for the dead must be taken in connection with the parallel passages (Lev. 21:5; Deut. 14:1), in which shaving the head with the same view is equally forbidden. The ground of the prohibition will be found in the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Cuttings in the Flesh
CUTTINGS IN THE FLESH (שֶׂרֶט‎, sereṭ, שָׂרֶטֶת‎, sāreṭeth): For relatives or friends to cut or beat themselves even to free blood-flowing, especially in the violence of grief in mourning for their dead (See Burial; Mourning), was a widely prevalent custom among ancient peoples, and is well-nigh universal