Body and body parts
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Skin The outer surface or protective covering of the flesh of humans, animals, and plants. The usual OT term translated “skin” is Heb. ʿôr (e.g., Gen. 3:21; Ex. 22:27; 34:29f, 35; Lev. 4:11; 13:2–59; Job 2:4; 19:20; 41:7; Jer. 13:23); other OT terms include geleḏ (Job 16:15; NEB “body”), hēmeṯ (Gen.
Foreskin [Heb. ʿorlâ] (Gen. 17:11, 14, 23–25; Ex. 4:25; Lev. 12:3; etc.); NEB also “circumcise” (Jer. 4:4). The word is frequently mentioned in the literal sense. The rite of circumcision, practiced in Israel since the days of Abraham (Gen. 17:9–14), is also commonly attested among several other peoples
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
skins. Animal skins, called simply “skins” in the Bible, were used for three primary purposes: garments, shelter, and drinking vessels. The first of these is referred to at the conclusion of the Adam and Eve story, when God makes “garments of skins for the man and for his wife” and clothes them (Gen.
foreskin, a portion of loose skin, also called the prepuce, located at the end of the human male penis. Hebrew ritual law specified that it should be surgically removed from every male child belonging to the covenant people of Israel, normally on the eighth day after birth (Lev. 12:3). This act of circumcision
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SKIN. The rendering of several Heb. and Gr. words.1. Generally Heb. ˓ôr (perhaps from ˓ûr, “to be naked, bare”), meaning the skin or hide of man, the hide of animals, and treated hide or leather (Ex 22:27; 29:14; Gen 3:21; etc.). The various colors of the skin of infected persons helped to determine
FORESKIN. The fold of skin (prepuce) removed from the male organ in circumcision (q.v.) as “a token of the covenant” between God and the Hebrews (Gen 17:11). David presented Saul with 200 Philistine foreskins as proof of their slaughter and of his prowess (1 Sam 18:27). In Hab 2:16 it refers to indecent
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Skin (Heb. ḥēmeṯ, nō˒ḏ, ˒ôḇ; Gk. askós). Whole animal skins, generally goatskins, were used for protecting and transporting liquids (e.g., Gen. 21:14; Josh. 9:4; Judg. 4:19; 1 Sam. 16:20). Wine was both fermented and stored in skins. Because of the gases released in the process of fermentation,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
SKIN. The term skin is used in several ways in Scripture.1. The rendering generally of the Heb. ˓ôr (“naked”), and meaning the skin of a man, the skin or hide of animals (Lev. 7:8; etc.); also as prepared, i.e., leather (11:32; cf. 13:48; Num. 31:20).2. The human skin as smooth and naked (Job 16:15),
FORESKIN. The loose fold of skin on the distinctive member of the male sex, which was removed in circumcision (which see), leaving the glans penis artificially uncovered. Circumcision being a symbol of purification, the foreskin was a type of corruption; hence the phrase “foreskin of the heart” (KJV
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SKIN — the outer protective covering of the bodies of people and animals. When the Bible speaks of skin, it always does so literally. This is in contrast to the word for Flesh, which is often used symbolically to refer to sinful human nature. Animal skin (leather) was used to make the first garments
FORESKIN - skin covering the end of the male sex organ. The foreskin was cut off in the rite of Circumcision, the sign of the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 17:10-25). Males had their foreskin removed eight days after birth (Lev. 12:3). Because circumcision was a sign of the covenant with God, the word "foreskin"
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
SkinThe biblical word for skin refers to the outer covering of the body and is differentiated from “flesh.” Of the more than sixty references to skin in the Bible, nearly two-thirds appear in the book of Leviticus, with the book of Job providing the next largest number of references. Skin is predominantly
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SKIN([עוֹר‎, ̀or], [גֶּלֶד‎, geledh], “human skin” (Job 16:15), [בָּשָׂר‎, basar], “flesh,” in the sense of “nakedness” (Psalm 102:5 the King James Version); [δέρμα, derma]):LITERAL:The word `or designates the skin of both men and animals, the latter both raw and in tanned condition: “Yahweh
FORESKIN<for’-skin> ([עָרְלָה‎, ̀orlah]; [ἀκροβυστία, akrobustia], often euphemistically translated “uncircumcision”):1. In the literal sense the word is frequently mentioned owing to the rite of circumcision in vogue in Israel since the days of Abraham (Gen 17:9-14) and among several other peoples
Compton’s Encyclopedia
skinHuman skin is composed of three layers of tissue: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous fatty tissue.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.The human body’s largest organ is the skin. All vertebrates (animals with backbones) have skin, though the covering in each species has different features,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SKIN Outer part of the human body and of the body of animals. 1. The mention of human skin is often in relation to disease (Lev. 13). Human skin is also mentioned in relationship to hairiness (Gen. 27:11–12, 16, 22–23), to sickness (Job 7:5; Lam. 5:10), and to the color (Jer. 13:23). 2. Genesis 3:21
FORESKIN Loose fold of skin covering the glans of the penis which is removed in circumcision. Removal of the foreskin was a bodily reminder of God’s covenant with Abraham (Gen. 17:11, 14, 23–25). In Deut. 10:16 the “foreskin of the heart” (KJV, NRSV) is associated with stubbornness in disobedience. The
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
foreskin. The prepuce, a fold of skin that covers the glans of the penis (Heb. ʿorlâ H6889, Exod. 4:25 et al.; Gk. akrobystia G213, Acts 11:3 et al.). The rite of circumcision, which was to take place on the eighth day after birth, consisted in cutting the foreskin, an act that symbolized the covenant
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
skin. Biblical references to animal skins used for clothing go back to the narrative of Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:21). See dress; leather. Rebekah put the skins of kids on Jacob’s hands and neck so that he would feel rough, like Esau, to his blind father (Gen. 27:16). Animal skins were used also to manufacture
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