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Puah (midwife)
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Puah the Midwife
Puah the Midwife (פּוּעָה‎, pu'ah). A Hebrew midwife in Egypt who refuses to obey Pharaoh’s order to kill all male babies (Exod 1:15–17).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Puah (Person)
PUAH (PERSON) [Heb pûʿâ (פּוּעָה‎), pûʾâ (פּוּאָה)]. Var. PUVAH. 1. One of two named midwives of the Hebrews in Egypt (Exod 1:15). The midwives were ordered by the king of Egypt to kill all the male infants of the Hebrews at birth. An engaging question has to do with the ethnicity of the midwives.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Puah
Puah. 1. One of two Hebrew midwives Egypt ordered by Pharaoh to kill Hebrew males at birth. However, she feared God and did not carry out the order (Ex 1:15).2. Father of Tola, a judge of Israel (Jgs 10:1).3. Alternate form of Puvah, Issachar’s son, in 1 Chronicles 7:1.See Puvah.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Puah
2. [Heb. pûʿâ—‘splendid one,’ or possibly < Ugar. pg´t—‘girl’] (Ex. 1:15). One of the two Hebrew midwives commanded by the Egyptian pharaoh to kill all the male infants of the Hebrews (v.16). Puah and Shiphrah disobeyed this command, pretending that the Hebrew infants were born before they arrived
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Puah
PUAH1. One of two Hebrew midwives ordered by Pharaoh to kill Hebrew males at birth. However, she feared God and did not carry out the order (Ex 1:15).2. Father of Tola, a judge of Israel (Jgs 10:1).3. Alternate form of Puvah, Issachar’s son, in 1 Chronicles 7:1. See Puvah.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Puah
Puah (pyoo´uh).1 One of the midwives of the Hebrews who cleverly disobeyed Pharaoh’s orders and spared the male Hebrew children (Exod. 1:15). She is mentioned with Shiprah, another midwife, who assisted her in rescuing babies. It is not clear whether Shiprah and Puah were Hebrews or Egyptians.2 The
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Puah
PUAH. Two persons in the OT had this name, but the Heb. spelling is different.1. One of the Heb. midwives (Ex 1:15, Heb. pu’>a’). Along with Shiphrah she was commanded by Pharaoh to kill all male Israelite infants at birth. This gruesome order was intended to curb a steadily rising Heb. population which
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Puah
Puah (Heb. pûʿâ, pûʾâ) (also PUVAH)1. One of the two midwives to the Hebrew women in Egypt (Exod. 1:15). It is unclear if the two women, Shiphrah and Puah, were Hebrew or Egyptian. Summoned to assist in Pharaoh’s plan of genocide for Hebrew male babies, they disobeyed and let them live. The two
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Puah
PUAH One of the midwives of the Hebrews in Egypt who refused to obey the Pharaoh’s command to kill all the male infants of the Hebrews at birth (Exod 1:15).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Pua
Pu´a, properly Puvvah. Phuvah the son of Issachar. Num. 26:23. (b.c. 1452.)
Puah
Pu´ah (splendid).1. The father of Tola, a man of the tribe of Issachar, and judge of Israel after Abimelech. Judges 10:1. (b.c. 1211.)2. The son of Issachar, 1 Chron. 7:1, elsewhere called Phuvah and Pua.3. One of the two midwives to whom Pharaoh gave instructions to kill the Hebrew male children
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Puah
PU´AH (pūʹa). The name of two men and one woman.1. Heb. pû˒â, 1 Chron. 7:1. See Puvvah.2. Heb. pû˓â, one of the two midwives to whom Pharaoh gave instructions to kill the Hebrew male children at their birth (Ex. 1:15). The two—Shiphrah and Puah—are supposed to have been the chief and representative
Puvvah
PU´VVAH (pūʹva). One of the sons of Issachar (Gen. 46:13; NIV, “Puah,” but see marg.). The name is given as “Puvah” (Num. 26:23; NIV, “Puah”) and “Puah” (1 Chron. 7:1; so NIV). His descendants are called Punites (Num. 26:23; NIV, “Puite”).
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