Seed of Abraham • Seed of the Woman
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Seed [Heb. zeraʿ] (Gen. 1:11f, 29; 3:15; 47:19, 23f.; Ex. 16:31; etc.); NEB also BROOD, GRAIN, STOCK, DESCENDANTS, RACE, etc.; [zāraʿ] (“put in seed,” Jgs. 6:3); AV SOW; [peruḏōṯ] (pl, Joel 1:17); NEB SOIL; [kilʾayim] (“two kinds of seed,” Lev. 19:19; Dt. 22:9); AV MINGLED SEED, DIVERS SEEDS; [ḥarṣān]
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
seed.1 The grain or ripened ovules of plants in contrast to stems, leaves, and flowers (Gen. 1:11, 12, 29; Deut. 11:10; 14:22). Jesus used seeds as examples in four of his parables: the Seed and Weeds (Matt. 13:24–30); the Sower (Matt. 13:3–9); the Seed Growing Secretly (Mark 4:26–29); and the Mustard
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SEED. In Scripture the word “seed” is used literally of the essential plant organism which enables the species to reproduce itself (Gen 1:11) and of the human male semen (Lev 15:16, 18). It is also used in many figurative ways: of human offspring, descendants, progeny (Gen 3:15; 13:15); of “the word
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
SEED. The fertilized and mature ovule of a flowering plant which enables the species to perpetuate itself. Seed-bearing plants are of great antiquity (Gn. 1:11).The progeny of the species Homo sapiens was also regarded as ‘seeds’ n. 3:15; 13:15). Thus the seed of Abraham constituted Isaac and his descendants
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Seedseed. 1 The productive unit of a plant in contrast to trees, i.e., grain (Gen. 1:11, 12, 29; Deut. 11:10; 14:22). 2 Human semen (Lev. 15:16–18; 22:4; Heb. 11:11). 3 Human offspring or descendants in general (Gen. 9:9; Lev. 22:4; Mark 12:19–22). 4 The physical (Gen. 12:7; 17:7) and spiritual (Gal.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SEED — a fertilized and ripened egg cell of a plant, capable of sprouting to produce a new plant. The word seed is also used figuratively in the Bible to express several important truths. It refers to human descendants or offspring (Gen. 21:12). The apostle Paul explained that the seed of Abraham not
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
SeedA seed is a product and a producer, a small investment with large potential value, an essential detail, a step in a continuum of reproduction. Though one, it becomes many through death. It is a treasury, an allotment, an investment whose yield depends on its environment. Having central importance
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SEED<sed> (Old Testament always for [זֶרַע‎, zerà], Aramaic (Daniel 2:43) [זְרַע‎, zerà], except in Joel 1:17 for [פְּרֻדוֹת‎, perudhoth] (plural, the Revised Version (British and American) “seeds,” the King James Version “seed”), and Leviticus 19:19 (the King James Version “mingled seed”)
Compton’s Encyclopedia
seedFlowering plants make new plants by means of seeds. Inside the plant’s seed is a baby plant called the embryo. In the ground, under the right conditions of warmth and moisture, the embryo begins to grow. It breaks out of the seed coat and pushes up through the soil into the sunshine. It develops
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
SEED.—Excluding the use of this term as equivalent to progeny, offspring, or race (cf. e.g. Mk 12:19–24, Lk 1:55, Jn 7:42), we find it exclusively employed in the parables of Jesus as an apt symbol for Divine influence, or for the expansion of the moral and religious life in communities or individuals.
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
SeedHebrew expression: zeraʿPronunciation: zaw RAHStrong’s Number: 2233Key VersesGenesis 3:15; 12:7; 15:5; 22:18; 26:4; 2 Samuel 7:12To whom will you leave your possessions when you die? Most people want to leave the fruit of their labors to their own descendants—their “seed.” But God entrusted
Key passages
Ge 1:11–12

And God said, “Let the earth produce green plants that will bear seed—fruit trees bearing fruit in which there is seed—according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. And the earth brought forth green plants bearing seed according to its kind, and trees bearing fruit in which there …

Ge 3:15

And I will put hostility between you and between the woman, and between your offspring and between her offspring; he will strike you on the head, and you will strike him on the heel.”

1 Pe 1:23

because you have been born again, not from perishable seed but imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.