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Left hand
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
In the Old Testament, this term sometimes describes people whose dominant hand was not the right hand. Benjaminites such as Ehud the judge seem to be more often characterized by left-handedness (Judg 3:15; 20:16; 1 Chr 12:2). The Benjamites are also characterized by being ambidextrous and incredible warriors, showing that their propensity toward being left-handed was a strength of the tribe that made them specialists.The left hand can also represent disfavor in the Bible, contrasting the right hand of favor or strength: Jacob chooses Manasseh for a lesser blessing by putting his left hand on his head. In Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats, the people condemned by God (the goats) are separated toward His left hand at judgment (Matt 25:33, 41).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Left Hand
Left Hand In the Old Testament, this term sometimes describes people whose dominant hand was not the right hand. Benjaminites such as Ehud the judge seem to be more often characterized by left-handedness (Judg 3:15; 20:16; 1 Chr 12:2). The Benjamites are also characterized by being ambidextrous and incredible
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Left Hand
LEFT, LEFT HAND. The Hebrew word śĕmōʾl indicates the left, the left side, or the left hand. It is used often with yāmı̂n to form a pair, left and right. When used as a general direction, left referred to north (Gen 14:15; Josh 19:27), the direction to one’s left when one faced east.There are a
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Left (Hand)
Left (Hand)[Heb usually śemōʾl, also śemāʾlî, hiphil of śāmaʾl—‘go to the left’; Gk. usually euṓnymos, also aristerós (Mt. 6:3; Mk. 10:37; Lk. 23:33; 2 Cor. 6:7)]; LEFT-HANDED [Heb. ʾiṭṭēr yaḏ yāmîn—‘impeded (on) the right hand; Gk. amphoterodéxios—‘ambidextrous’] (Jgs. 3:15; 20:16).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Left-Handed
LEFT-HANDED. Strictly, one who is unable to use his right hand skillfully, although it may be used to mean one who is equally capable in the use of both hands. The ability to use both hands equally was highly prized among the ancients, especially in time of war (Jdg 20:16).Although it is not expressly
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Left-Handed
LEFT-HANDED (Heb. ˒iṭṭēr yad-ymı̂nô, “shut” as to “his right hand”). A term applied to one who is unable to use skillfully his right hand (Judg. 3:15; 20:16). It can hardly mean ambidexterity, since the expression “shut as to his right hand” would preclude the fact of one’s ability to use both hands
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Left hand
Left handamong the Hebrews, denoted the north (Job 23:9; Gen. 14:15), the face of the person being supposed to be toward the east.
Left-handed
Left-handed(Judg. 3:15; 20:16), one unable to use the right hand skilfully, and who therefore uses the left; and also one who uses the left as well as the right, ambidexter. Such a condition of the hands is due to physical causes. This quality was common apparently in the tribe of Benjamin.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Left Hand
LEFT HAND — among the Hebrews, a way of indicating the north. The Hebrew method of noting directions assumed that a person was facing the sunrise, the east. The left hand, therefore, would indicate the north; and the right hand would indicate the south. In the Bible, the right hand is the hand of strength
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Left, Left-Handed
Left, Left-HandedThe left side and left-handedness play a distinctively negative role in many languages. The word sinister derives from the Latin term that means “on the left side.” Left and right, though, can be merely neutral descriptions. In the Bible we find both neutral and negative uses.When
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