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Kidneys
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Kidney
Kidney. One of the body parts of sacrificial animals used for offerings to God. The kidneys along with their fat were to be burned on the altar (Ex 29:13; Lv 3:4–15), and represented the blood that the Israelites were not permitted to eat.In a more figurative sense the kidneys are thought of as the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Kidneys
Kidneys kidʹnēz [always in the pl; Heb. kelāyôṯ; Gk. nephroí; Lat renes, whence the English “reins”]. “Reins” and “kidneys” are synonyms, but the AV undertook a distinction by using the former word in the figurative and the latter in the literal passages. In figurative uses the RSV generally
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Kidney
KIDNEY One of the body parts of sacrificial animals used for offerings to God. The kidneys, along with their fat, were to be burned on the altar (Ex 29:13; Lv 3:4–15) and represented the blood that the Israelites were not permitted to eat.In a more figurative sense the kidneys are thought of as the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Kidneys
kidneys (Heb. kelayot; Gk. nephroi), part of the group of fat pieces burned on the altar in sacrificial offerings (Exod. 29:22; Lev. 3:4; 4:9; 7:4). In the nrsv, the term “kidneys” is used only once with reference to the human organ (Job 16:13). The Hebrew and Greek terms, however, are used elsewhere,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Kidneys
KIDNEYS. The kidneys or reins, always spoken of in the plural, are situated back of the abdomen and are the organs that separate the waste materials from the blood. Because the kidneys are the most central part of the body and are surrounded with rich fat, the word is used in several ways. In the physical
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Kidneys
KIDNEYS. In the rsv the Heb. word kelāyôṯ is translated by ‘kidneys’ when it refers to the physical organ of sacrificial beasts, principally in Leviticus (3:4; 4:9; 7:4, etc.). The practice was that the two kidneys, together with the fat and part of the liver, were burnt on the altar as Yahweh’s portion,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Kidneys
KidneysThe kidneys of sacrificed animals, along with their fat, part of the liver, the broad tail, and the fat that covers the entrails, were to be burned completely by the priests (Exod. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4, 10, 15). At times kidneys (Heb. kĕlāyyôṯ; Gk. nephroɩ́) represent the organs in general,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Kidneys
Kidneys (Heb. kelāyôṯ).† Animal kidneys, considered one of the choicest parts of the animal (cf. Deut. 32:14), were burned along with the fat and the liver as the part of the altar sacrifice presented as a gift to God (Exod. 29:13, 22).The Hebrews considered the human kidneys, along with the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Kidney
KIDNEY (Heb. kilyâ; Gk. nephros).The kidney with its surrounding fat was part of the burnt offering (Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4, 10, 15; 4:9; 8:16, 25; etc.). See Sacrificial Offerings.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Kidney
Kidneykidney, part of the group of fat pieces burnt on the altar as the well-being, purification, reparation, and priestly consecration offerings (Exod. 29:22; Lev. 3:4; 4:9; 7:4). The Bible also uses the term to refer to the human organ (Job 16:13; Lam. 3:13). Metaphorically, the term can denote the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Kidney
KIDNEY — either of the organs in people and animals that discharges waste material into the urinary tract. The kidneys and the connected fat of sacrificial animals were burned on the altar as part of several of the offerings commanded in the Law (Lev. 3:4; 4:9; 7:4). When kidney refers to human beings,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
KIDNEYS
KIDNEYS<kid’-niz> (always in the plural: כְּלָיוֹת‎ [kelayoth]; [νεφροΐ, nephroi]; Latin renes, whence the English “reins”): “Reins” and “kidneys” are synonyms, but the King James Version undertook a distinction by using the former word in the figurative, the latter in the literal passages.