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Body and body parts
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Stomach [Heb. qēḇâ] (Dt. 18:3); AV MAW; [mēʿîm—‘intestines’] (Job 20:14; Ezk. 3:3; 7:19); AV BOWELS; NEB also “full,” BELLY; [Gk. koilía] (Mt. 15:17; Mk. 7:19; 1 Cor. 6:13; Rev. 10:9f); AV, NEB also, BELLY; [stómachos] (1 Tim. 5:23); NEB DIGESTION. In human beings and most vertebrates, a membranous,
Belly [Heb. gāḥôn] (Gen. 3:14; Lev. 11:42); [mē‘eh] (Dnl. 2:32; Jonah 1:17; 2:1); [beṭen]; NEB also “gorged,” “go hungry,” etc.; [kerēś] (Jer. 51:34); NEB MAW; [ḥōmeš] (2 S. 2:23; 3:27); AV “under the fifth rib”; [Gk. koilía]; NEB also APPETITE. The term for belly used most often in the
Navel; Navel String
Navel; Navel String [Heb šōr]. Hebrew šōr is probably a cognate of Arab šurr, which denotes first the umbilical cord and then the scar or navel.In Ezk. 16:4 Israel is likened to a newborn infant who is abandoned shortly after birth without the care necessary to preserve life. Even her umbilical
Womb [Heb. beṭen (Gen. 25:23f.; 30:2; 38:27; Jgs. 16:17; Job 1:21; 3:10; etc.), reḥem (Gen. 20:18; 29:31; 30:22; Ex. 13:2, 12, 15; 34:19; Nu. 3:12; 8:16; 12:12; 18:15; etc.), raḥam (Gen. 49:25; Prov. 30:16; Isa. 46:3), mēʿeh (Ruth 1:11), ʿāṣar (“shut the womb,” Isa. 66:9), mašbēr bānîm (“mouth
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BELLY. The words translated in Scripture as “belly” are from various roots signifying “soft,” “hollow,” “round,” that describe the physical features of the abdominal region. The term is used quite generally to refer to the outer belly (Song 5:14), womb (Ps 22:10), stomach (Ps 17:14), and the lower abdomen
MAW. The rough stomach of animals that chew the cud, e.g., the ox or sheep, which, along with the shoulder and cheeks, was to be the priests’ share of any sacrifice brought by the Israelites (Deut 18:3).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Stomach, Belly
STOMACH, BELLY. Principally, Heb. beṭen or mē‘îm; Gk. koilia. Indistinguishable from *bowels or *womb in OT and NT, these words being translated by ‘stomach’ or ‘belly’ generally when referring to eating, or wounding (Jdg. 3:21; Ezk. 3:3; Jon. 1:17; Lk. 15:16 [rsvmg.]; often translated ‘body’ in
WOMB. Heb. beṭen, mē‘îm and reḥem or raḥam; Gk. gastēr, koilia or mētra, the former two in both cases being used also of the belly generally, indicating the Heb. vagueness about the internal physiology (*Stomach, *Bowels). The reference is generally to the place or time of life’s beginning (Jb.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
StomachVarious Hebrew words refer in a general way to the human abdomen. Heb. beṭen is used most often for the womb (Gen. 25:23; Ps. 139:13), but can indicate the abdomen in general (Judg. 3:21–22) and the actual stomach (Job 20:15; Ezek. 3:3). Heb. mēʿɩ̂m is used generally for “internal organs, inward
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Stomach †A number of Hebrew words generally translated “stomach,” “belly,” or “bowels” are used for the human abdomen considered from different aspects and in relation to different functions, both physical and psychological. Heb. beṭen often designates a woman’s “womb” (e.g., Gen. 25:23; Ps. 22:9
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Breasts and Womb
BREASTS AND WOMB שׁדים ורחםI. The expression šādayim wārāḥam, ‘Breasts and Womb’, (Gen 49:25) has been interpreted as an epithet echoing Ugaritic titles of the goddesses →Anat and →Asherah (Vawter 1955; M. O’ Connor, Hebrew Verse Structure [Winona Lake 1980] 178; Smith 1990:17).I. The expression
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BELLY (Heb. usually beṭen, “hollow”; Gk. koilia; also Heb. mē˓ı̂m; Gk. gaster, especially the “bowels”). Among the Hebrews and most ancient nations the belly was regarded as the seat of the carnal affections, as being, according to their view, that which first partakes of sensual pleasures (Titus 1:12;
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bellythe seat of the carnal affections (Titus 1:12; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 16:18). The word is used symbolically for the heart (Prov. 18:8; 20:27; 22:18, marg.). The “belly of hell” signifies the grave or underworld (Jonah 2:2).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
STOMACH — the digestive tract of the body. The word Belly was preferred by the KJV translators. “Stomach” occurs in the KJV only in 1 Timothy 5:23. Modern versions have used “stomach” instead of “belly” in many instances (for example, Matt. 15:17; Luke 15:16; Rev. 10:9–10).
BELLY — the stomach or abdominal region of the human body (Judg. 3:21–22; Ps. 17:14). The word rendered as “belly” in some translations is translated as “heart” in others. In the New Testament, John used belly (KJV; heart, NKJV) as a figure of a person’s true inner self—one’s intellectual and emotional
MATRIX — something within which something else originates, grows, develops, or is nurtured; the womb (Is. 49:1; bowels, KJV; womb, NRSV, NASB).
MAW — the KJV translation of a Hebrew word that refers to the fourth stomach of animals who chew the cud (Deut. 18:3). Considered a great delicacy by the ancients, the maw was one of the parts of a sacrificial animal given to the priests.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
StomachThe stomach is part of a cluster of biblical images centering on food and eating. On the physical level it is both literally and by synecdoche or metonymy associated with bodily appetite and sustenance. As such it signals larger moral and spiritual issues of personal values, self-control, self-indulgence
BellyIn addition to its straightforward meaning, the Bible uses the belly to summon images of beauty, greed, the inner self and the life-giving womb.Belly as Anatomy. Part of the curse meted out to the serpent who deceived Eve was that it would have to crawl on its belly and, as a consequence, be forced
WombWomb in Scripture can refer to any place of origin, as in the psalmist’s “womb of the dawn” which brings forth the dew (Ps 110:3 NIV). The Lord asks Job, “From whose womb comes the ice?” (Job 38:29 NIV). The question means “Where did the ice come from originally?” and implies that no human process
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
STOMACH<stum’-uk> ([στόμαχος, stomachos]): In man and most vertebrates, a membranous sac-like portion of the alimentary canal, in which the earlier stages of digestion take place and in which food is prepared to yield its nourishment (1 Tim 5:23).Used figuratively of pride, “A proud look and high
BELLY<bel’-i>: גָּחוֹן‎ [gachon] = “the external abdomen” (Genesis 3:14; Leviticus 11:42). קֹבָהּ‎ [qobhah] = “the abdominal cavity” (Numbers 25:8 the American Standard Revised Version “body”). בֶּטֶן‎ [beTen] = “the internal abdomen,” “the womb” (1 Kings 7:20; Job 15:2, 35 the
MAW<mo> (קֵבָה‎ [qebhah] (compare קֹבָה‎ [qobhah], Nu 25:8), כִּרֵשׂ‎ [keres]; Septuagint [ἔνυστρον, enustron]): The first word means the maw or stomach of ruminants. It is derived from a root designating “hollowed out.” It is mentioned alongside of the shoulder and the two cheeks of ox and sheep,
Compton’s Encyclopedia
stomachThe stomach is one of the main organs of the human digestive system. It is connected to the …Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.The saclike expansion of the alimentary canal between the esophagus and the small intestine is called the stomach. It is a hollow, muscular organ that stores food