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Hair
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hair
Hair In the Bible, hair often is associated with religious rituals or mentioned to convey various symbolic meanings.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hair
Hair[Heb śēʿār (Lev. 13:3f, 10, 20, etc.; Jgs. 16:22; 2 S. 14:26; etc.), śaʿa—‘(single) hair’ (Jgs. 20:16; 1 S. 14:45; Ps. 40:12 [MT 13]; etc.), māraṭ—‘pluck hair,’ ‘grow bald’ (Lev. 13:40f; Neh. 13:25), miqšeh—‘set hair’ (Isa. 3:24), nēzer—‘unshorn, consecrated hair’ (Jer. 7:29); Aram śeʿar
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hair
hair. Knowledge about hair and hairstyles in the biblical world may sometimes be derived from references in the biblical texts themselves as well as from artwork, illustrations, and extrabiblical sources. In general, the Israelites and Canaanites seem to have favored long hair and beards on men, in contrast
Locks
locks.1 Devices on doors (Song of Sol. 5:5; Neh. 3:3, 13–15; see also Judg. 3:23–24).2 Strands of hair, mentioned with regard to Nazirites (Num. 6:5), Samson (Judg. 16:13, 19), and levitical priests (Ezek. 44:20), all of whom were not to have their hair cut (see also Ezek. 8:3; Song of Sol. 5:2, 11).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hair
HAIR. Hair is frequently mentioned in Scripture, especially with reference to the head. The manner and customs of wearing the hair varied considerably among the nations.Egyptians. The Egyptian men shaved their hair, except in time of mourning. Even the heads of children were shaved, leaving a few locks
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hair
HAIR. The normal Israelite custom, for both sexes, seems to have been to let the hair grow to considerable length. Absalom’s luxuriant growth is recorded with apparent admiration (2 Sa. 14:26). It was only the weight of it that forced him to have it cut annually. Barbers are mentioned (Ezk. 5:1), but
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hair
HairHair and fashion have always been important. While the Egyptians shaved their heads, the Hebrews and their neighbors favored long hair and beards, as in the case of Absalom (2 Sam. 14:26) and Jehu (note his long hair and beard on the Black Obelisk). By NT times, Greek and Roman males wore short
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hair
Hair (Heb. śē˓ār, śa˓a; Gk. thrix, kómē).† Judging from literary references as well as Egyptian and Mesopotamian art, a variety of hair styles were worn in Palestine and the ancient Near East. To an extent hair style was a matter of fashion, at least among the upper classes who were particularly
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Hair
HAIR Among the Israelites of the Old Testament, long, luxuriant hair was considered to be a mark of beauty (Song 4:1; 5:11), and both men and women wore their hair long. Men might braid their hair, like Samson (Judg 16:17), and some took great pride in their hair, as did Absalom (2 Sam 14:26), whose
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hair
Hair. The Hebrews were fully alive to the importance of the hair as an element of personal beauty. Long hair was admired in the case of young men. 2 Sam. 14:26. In times of affliction the hair was altogether cut off. Isa. 3:17, 24; 15:2; Jer. 7:29. Tearing the hair, Ezra 9:3, and letting it go dishevelled
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Hair
HAIR (properly Heb. śē˓ar; Gk. thrix). The customs of ancient nations regarding the hair varied considerably.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hair
Hair(1.) The Egyptians let the hair of their head and beard grow only when they were in mourning, shaving it off at other times. “So particular were they on this point that to have neglected it was a subject of reproach and ridicule; and whenever they intended to convey the idea of a man of low condition,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hair
Hairhair, outgrowth from the head or elsewhere on the body. Several men in the Bible are known for their hairiness or their long hair. Esau’s hirsuteness (Gen. 25:25; 27:11) contrasts with Jacob’s smoothness and also links him phonetically with the place in which he ultimately settled: Se‘ir (Gen.
Locks
Lockslocks. 1 Devices on doors (Song of Sol. 5:5; Neh. 3:3, 13–15; see also Judg. 3:23–24). 2 Strands of hair, mentioned with regard to Nazirites (Num. 6:5), Samson (Judg. 16:13, 19), and levitical priests (Ezek. 44:20), all of whom were not to have their hair cut (see also Ezek. 8:3; Song of Sol.