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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The portion of the leg from the knee to the hip. Putting one’s hand under another person’s thigh was an action used when swearing an oath (e.g., Gen 24:2). The thigh portion of animals was often eaten or offered as a sacrifice (e.g., Exod 29:22; Ezek 24:4).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
thigh1 The right thigh of the animal that constituted the Israelites’ well-being offerings was given to priests as a stipend in addition to the animal’s breast (Lev. 7:32–34). These portions could be eaten by both the priests and their households outside the sanctuary area (10:14). The custom of giving
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
THIGH. This word is used for part of the sacrificial animal (Ex 29:22, RSV), and for the part of the body of man from the legs to the trunk. It was the portion that a weapon covered when suspended from the waist (Jdg 3:16, 21; Ps 45:3). The thigh of a rider on horseback could be covered by a sword and
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Thigh (Heb. yārēḵ; Aram. yarḵâ; Gk. mērós). The upper part of the leg. The proximity of the thighs to the genitals allows the word to be a euphemism for “genitals.” The placing of one’s hand under a person’s thigh—i.e., touching the genitals, the seat of life—in the course of swearing an
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
THIGH (Heb. yārēk; Gk. mēros). The part of the body from the legs to the trunk.1. In taking an oath it was an ancient custom to put the hand under the thigh. Abraham required it of his servant when he made him swear that he would not take a wife for Isaac of the daughters of the Canaanites (Gen.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Thighthigh, the upper portion of the leg. 1 The right thigh of the animal that constituted the Israelites’ well-being offerings given to priests as a stipend in addition to the animal’s breast (Lev. 7:32–34). These portions could be eaten by both the priests and their households outside the sanctuary
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HIP — the part of the body where the thigh and torso are connected. When Jacob wrestled with God by the ford of the Jabbok the socket of his hip came “out of joint” as he wrestled (Gen. 32:25). The word “hip” is also used in connection with Samson’s great slaughter of the Philistines (Judg. 15:8), Joab’s
THIGH — the part of the leg between the knee and the hip. A person struck his own thigh as a sign of sorrow, an action similar to beating his breast (Jer. 31:19; Ezek. 21:12). The Hebrews sometimes used the word “thigh” as a euphemism for the sexual organs. So during the time of the patriarchs, it was
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
ThighThigh as a biblical image is filled with powerful connotations. There are often undertones of sexuality or procreation. For instance, it is shameful for a woman to expose her legs (Is 47:2), and the priest’s undergarment must reach down to the thigh, to avoid incurring guilt and dying (Ex 28:42–43).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HIP([שׁוֹק, shoq], “leg,” “limb,” “hip,” “shoulder”): Samson smote the Philistines “hip and thigh” (Hebrew “leg upon thigh”), which was indicative of “a great slaughter” (Jdg 15:8), the bodies being hewed in pieces with such violence that they lay in bloody confusion, their limbs piled