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ATS Bible Dictionary

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• Nave's Topical Bible
» Eunuch
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
» Ethiopian eunuch
» Eunuch
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
» Eunuch
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
» Ethiopian eunuch, The
» Eunuch
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
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» Eunuch
Greek - eunuch, eunuchs
Hebrew - eunuch, eunuchs

In the courts of oriental monarchs, the charge of the female and interior apartments is committed to eunuchs. Hence the word came to signify merely a court officer. Such were Potiphar, Joseph’s master, Genesis 39:17, and the treasurer of Queen Candace, Acts 8:27. Our Savior speaks of some who "have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake;" that is, who have voluntarily abstained from marriage, in order more effectually to labor for the kingdom of God, Matthew 19:12; and the apostle Paul commends the same abstinence in certain exceptional cases in time of persecution, 1 Corinthians 7:26,27. See GAZA.

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These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'EUNUCH'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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