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Holman Bible Dictionary

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A physical condition in which walking is difficult or impossible. In the Old Testament, lame animals were not acceptable sacrifices (Deuteronomy 15:21; Malachi 1:8,Malachi 1:13). The lame were prohibited from serving as priests though they were allowed to eat from the priests' provisions (Leviticus 21:18). The Jebusites boasted that their stronghold of Jerusalem was so impregnable that even the blind and lame would be able to turn back David's troops (2 Samuel 5:6 NRVS, NIV). A proverb excluding the blind and lame from “the house” (that is, the Temple) is traced to the assault on Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:8). In the New Testament, the healing of the lame forms an important part of Jesus' messianic work (Matthew 11:2-6; Matthew 15:29-31). By healing the lame in the Temple, Jesus restored these excluded ones to full participation in the worshiping community (Matthew 21:14). Acts tells of the early church continuing Jesus' healing ministry to the lame: Peter and John (Acts 3:2); Philip (Acts 8:7); Paul (Acts 14:8-10).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'LAME, LAMENESS'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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