Eunuch. Officer or chamberlain in the court or household of a ruler, often assigned to the women’s quarters. Many of these men were emasculated, though not always (cf. Gn 39:1, 7neb). Eunuchs were public officials in Israel (1 Sm 8:15neb; 1 Chr 28:1neb), Persia (Est 2:3), Ethiopia (Jer 38:7; Acts
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Eunuch [Heb. sārîs]; AV also CHAMBERLAIN; [Gk. eunoúchos] (Mt. 19:12; Acts 8:27, etc.); NEB also INCAPABLE OF MARRIAGE; [part of eunouchízō] (“made eunuchs,” Mt. 19:12); NEB also RENOUNCE MARRIAGE. An emasculated human male.
EUNUCH Officer or chamberlain in the court or household of a ruler, often assigned to the women’s quarters. Many of these men were emasculated, though not always (cf. Gn 39:1, neb). Eunuchs were public officials in Israel (1 Sm 8:15, neb; 1 Chr 28:1, neb), Persia (Est 2:3), Ethiopia (Jer 38:7; Acts 8:27),
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
eunuch, a male who lacks testicles, either because he was born that way or because he has been castrated (cf. Matt. 19:12). Eunuchs were in demand as guards of royal harems. Consequently, most biblical references to eunuchs come from narratives about kings and their courts. Although excluded from the
EUNUCH. The Heb word translated “eunuch” (ṣārɩ̂ṣ) also means “officer.” Usually it indicates an officer for the women’s quarters in a king’s court. There were married eunuchs (Gen 39:1) but usually they were castrated (q.v.). Such men could be high officials as in the case of Potiphar or Pharaoh’s
EUNUCH (Heb. sārîs). The derivation of the OT word is uncertain, but is thought to come from an Assyr. term meaning, ‘He who is head (to the king)’. (So Jensen (ZA 7, 1892, 174A.1), and Zimmern (ZDMG 53, 1899, 116 A.2); accepted by S. R. Driver and L. Koehler in their lexicons; see further note by
EunuchTypically a castrated official in the royal courts of ancient Israel and surrounding kingdoms who is appropriate to serve the queen (2 Kgs. 9:30–32; Esth. 4:4–5; Acts 8:27) or the king’s harem (Esth. 2:14–15). The term (Heb. sārɩ̂s) can also apply to a married official (e.g., Potiphar; Gen. 39:1).
Eunuch (Heb. sārîs; Gk. eunoúchos “keeper of the bed”).† A castrated male, often accorded a high governmental position such as chamberlain of a sovereign or royal harem. Particularly common in ancient Near Eastern and other oriental courts, the employment of eunuchs in sensitive political roles
EUNUCH A man who has been castrated or who is otherwise incapable of fathering children. Eunuchs in the Near East were customarily in charge of the women’s quarters in palaces and households. Maintaining eunuchs was not customary in ancient Egypt, nor was it common in ancient Greece and Rome. It was
Eunuch. “The English form of the Greek word which means bed-keeper. In the strict and proper sense they were the persons who had charge of the bed-chambers in palaces and larger houses. But as the jealous and dissolute temperament of the East required this charge to be in the hands of persons who had
EUNUCH (Gk. eunouchos; Heb. sārı̂s). The Gk. word means literally “bed keeper,” i.e., one who has charge of beds and bedchambers. The original Heb. word clearly implies the incapacity that mutilation involves. Castration, according to Josephus (Ant. 4.8.40), was not practiced by the Jews upon either