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Deformity
Birth Defects • Disabilities and Deformities • Disabled • Handicap • Handicapped • Malformation
Dictionaries
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Deformity
Deformity. Any obvious physical abnormality. In the OT sacrificial system both the animal to be sacrificed (Lv 1:3; 4:3) and the priest who performed the sacrifice (Lv 21) had to be perfect physical specimens, without defect or blemish. By being perfect, they are both OT types of Christ.Of the 11 defects
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Deformity
DEFORMITY Any obvious physical abnormality. In the OT sacrificial system both the animal to be sacrificed (Lv 1:3; 4:3) and the priest who performed the sacrifice (ch 21) had to be perfect physical specimens, without defect or blemish. By being perfect, they are both OT types of Christ.Of the 11 defects
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Disabilities and Deformities
DISABILITIES AND DEFORMITIES — bodily handicaps or defects in Bible times that marred a person’s appearance or hindered his physical movement. Various kinds of physical disabilities are mentioned in the Bible, particularly in the gospels in the accounts of Jesus’ healing miracles.Jesus healed the blind
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Deformity
DeformityThe essential meaning of deformity is a lack of wholeness, a flaw, a deviation from the norm. Deformity is unnatural and as such is a misfortune. Deformity is also viewed in the Bible in symbolic terms, shifting from a dominant OT image of unholiness to a NT pointer to the saving power of God
Maimed, Halt and Blind
Maimed, Halt and BlindWe owe to the King James Version the triad of “maimed, halt [or lame], and blind” (Lk 14:13, 21). Together these three represent a category of unfortunates, namely, the physically deformed. People who are grouped together thus were often regarded as unqualified for certain religious
Compton’s Encyclopedia
birth defect
birth defectCertain diseases and physical or functional abnormalities that are present in an infant at the time of birth are called birth defects. The term applies to abnormalities that arise during the development of the fetus, often within the first eight weeks after conception, when the embryo acquires
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Handicapped
handicapped. A synonym for disabled, the state of being permanently impaired, whether physically or mentally, due to disease, accident, disorder or genetic inheritance, and thereby unable to perform specific functions that those who are not impaired in this manner are normally able to do. The Christian
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Birth Defects
BIRTH DEFECTS The Bible records four clear cases of birth defects: a man “blind from birth” (John 9:1), a man “crippled from birth” (Acts 3:2), a man “crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth” (Acts 14:8), and a eunuch (male sterility) “born that way” (Matt. 19:12).A variety of diseases and physical
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Handicapped
HANDICAPPEDIf any of the clergy mocks at a lame, deaf, or a blind man—or one who is maimed in his feet—let him be suspended. And the same goes for the laity. Apostolic Constitutions (compiled c. 390, E), 7.504.If anyone is maimed in an eye or lame in his leg, but is worthy of the episcopal dignity,
Key passages
Mt 15:30–31

And large crowds came to him, having with them the mute, blind, lame, crippled, and many others, and they put them down at his feet, and he healed them. So then the crowd was astonished when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they …

Mt 18:8–9

And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you! It is better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than, having two hands or two feet, to be thrown into the eternal fire! And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it from you! It is better …

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