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Deafness
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Deafness
Deafness (חֵרֵשׁ‎, cheresh; κωφός, kōphos; δύσκωφος, dyskōphos). Inability to hear. Used both literally and metaphorically in the Bible (Exod 4:11; Lev 19:14; Psa 38:13; Isa 6:8; Matt 11:5; Mark 7:32; 9:25).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Deaf, Deafness
Deaf, Deafness. Inability to hear; term used in Scripture to describe both a literal, physical inability and a figurative, spiritual defect. The spiritually deaf were those who either refused to hear the divine message or were rendered incapable because of their lack of spirituality (Ps 38:13). The prophet
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Deaf, Deafness
DEAF, DEAFNESS Inability to hear; term used in Scripture to describe both a literal, physical inability and a figurative, spiritual defect. The spiritually deaf were those who either refused to hear the divine message or were rendered incapable because of their lack of spirituality (Ps 38:13). The prophet
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Blindness and Deafness
Blindness and deafnessThe Gospels, like elsewhere in biblical literature, frequently use the words blindness, deafness, eye and ear in a figurative sense, conveying more than the activity of the body’s sense organs. God* is made known through words and deeds. To see and hear God’s revelation fully requires
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Deaf, Deafness
Deaf, DeafnessLiteral physical deafness is not mentioned often in the Scriptures. Most of the references to deafness are figurative. Deafness symbolizes spiritual stubbornness or willful refusal to hear and obey the word of God (Jer 5:21; Ezek 12:2) and is caused by sin (Ps 38:13, 18). Israel is portrayed
Compton’s Encyclopedia
deafness
deafnessThe outer ears are the most noticeable portion of a human’s hearing apparatus, but the most important hearing parts—the mechanical and neural components—are within the skull (seeear). Damage to either set of components, or to both, can result in a loss of hearing that may be partial or complete.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Deafness
DEAFNESS Inability to hear. According to the OT God makes persons deaf or hearing (Exod. 4:11). The deaf were protected by the Mosaic law (Lev. 19:14). The inability to hear is used as an image for waiting on God rather than resisting attackers (Ps. 38:13–14). Deafness is also symbolic of inattentiveness
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition
Blindness and Deafness
BLINDNESS AND DEAFNESSBlindness and deafness appear frequently in the Gospels in both literal and metaphorical senses. Readers encounter persons who lack the ability to see or hear, and who typically are healed by Jesus. On a figurative level, however, seeing and hearing are used as metaphors for spiritual
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DEAF
DEAF, DEAFNESS [חֵרֵשׁkheresh; κωφός kōphos]. These Hebrew and Greek terms describe a total lack (Lev 19:14; Mark 7:32; Luke 7:22) or partial deficiency in the sense of hearing (Ps 38:13) or understanding (Isa 42:18; 43:8). In the biblical view, God is responsible for healing and sickening (Exod 15:26),
Key passages
Mt 11:5

the blind receive sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised, and the poor have good news announced to them.

Lk 7:21–22

In that hour he healed many people of diseases and suffering and evil spirits, and he granted sight to many blind people. And he answered and said to them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear; the dead are …