The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Discharge (זוֹב‎, zov). Bodily emissions considered ritually unclean in biblical law.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DISCHARGE. An emission or secretion of semen, pus, or blood from the genitalia which is considered ritually impure. The main discussion of these conditions is in the Priestly legislation (= P) of the Pentateuch (Leviticus 12, 15). The cases may be classified into normal discharges (seminal emission,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Discharge [Heb. zôḇ] (Lev. 15; 22:4, 22; Nu. 5:2; 2 S. 3:29); AV ISSUE. Not all the discharges mentioned in Lev. 15 would be infectious, but making a distinction between infectious and noninfectious would necessitate microscopic examination not available until modern times, so the course of treating
Wen The AV’s mistranslation of Heb. yabbāl, “running,” i.e., a suppurating sore, in Lev. 22:22 (cf. NEB “running sore”; RSV “discharge”).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
WENOnly in Lev 22:22, “maimed” or “having a wen (margin “sores”), or scurvy,” for (יַבָּל[yabbal]), “running,” hence, “a suppurating sore” (compare the Revised Version margin). A “wen” is a non-inflamed indolent tumor, and so “wen” is about as far as possible from the meaning of the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DISCHARGE Modern translation term for bodily excretion that rendered one ceremonially unclean (Lev. 15:2–33; Num. 5:2; KJV, “issue”). The nature of the discharge of males (Lev. 15:2–25) is unclear. Suggestions include hemorrhoids, spermatorrhea, that is, the involuntary release of sperm due to a weakening
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
wen. An abnormal but benign skin growth or cyst. The term is used by the KJV and other versions to render Hebrew yabbelet H3301, which occurs only in Lev. 22:22, where the Israelites are instructed not to offer to the Lord any defective sacrifices. The Hebrew term may refer to a wart (cf. NIV, HALOT,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
WEN: Only in Lev 22:22, “maimed,” or “having a wen [m “sores”], or scurvy,” for יַבָּל‎, yabbāl, “running,” hence “a ṣuppurating sore” (cf RVm). A “wen” is a non-inflamed indolent tumor, and so “wen” is about as far as possible from the meaning of the Heb.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DISCHARGE [זוֹבzov; ῥύσις rhysis]. In men, a sexual flow refers to an abnormal urethral discharge oozing from the genitals. In women, discharges are classified as either regular, i.e., normal menstruation (Lev 15:19), or irregular, i.e., bleeding outside of the menstrual period (Lev 15:25). Anyone
c. Sexual Discharges
c. Sexual discharges. The most impure sexual discharge is the flow of blood from a new mother (Lev 12:1–6). Depending on the gender of the baby, this discharge renders the woman impure for one (boy) or two (girl) weeks, plus a less severe time of impurity for thirty-three days (boy) or sixty-six days