The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fracture [Heb šeḇer] (Lev. 24:20); AV BREACH. The Hebrew noun comes from the verb šāḇar, to “break”; cf. “injury,” Lev. 21:19. The law of personal retribution for both the native Israelite and the resident alien was to be the lex talionis. The loss of a tooth or the breaking of an arm, e.g., would
Compton’s Encyclopedia
fractureThe bony skeleton of the body is much more liable to injury than to disease. The usual causes are falls, blows, and traffic accidents. The common types of bone injury are fracture, or the breaking of a bone, and dislocation, or the displacement of a bone from its joint. A sprain is the stretching
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FRACTURE Breaking of a bone (Lev. 24:20, KJV “breach”). The law of retribution limited retaliation to “fracture for fracture.”
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FRACTURE [שֶׁבֶרshever]. Any sort of physical injury involving breaking, most famously used in a passage about restitution: “fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Lev 24:20). A fractured arm or leg disqualifies a descendant of Aaron from priestly functions (Lev 21:20). Shever also refers