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Dictionaries :: Bastard

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bastard:

In the Old Testament the rendering of the Hebrew word mamzer', which means "polluted." In Deu 23:2, it occurs in the ordinary sense of illegitimate offspring. In Zec 9:6, the word is used in the sense of foreigner. From the history of Jephthah we learn that there were bastard offspring among the Jews (Jdg 11:1-7). In Hbr 12:8, the word (Gr. nothoi) is used in its ordinary sense, and denotes those who do not share the privileges of God's children.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Bastard:

bas'-tard (mamzer; nothos): In De 23:2 probably the offspring of an incestuous union, or of a marriage within the prohibited degrees of affinity (Le 18:6-20; 20:10-21). He and his descendants to the tenth generation are excluded from the assembly of the Lord. (See Driver, at the place). Zechariah (Zec 9:6), after prophesying the overthrow of three Philistine cities, declares of the fourth: "And a bastard (the Revised Version, margin "a bastard race") shall dwell in Ashdod," meaning probably that a "mixed population" (BDB) of aliens shall invade and settle in the capital of the Philistines. In Heb (He 12:8) in its proper sense of "born out of wedlock," and therefore not admitted to the privileges of paternal care and responsibility as a legitimate son.

Written by T. Rees

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3541 Greek: nothos

Bastard:

denotes "an illegitimate child, one born out of lawful wedlock," Hbr 12:8.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bastard:

Among those who were excluded from entering the congregation, even to the tenth generation, was the bastard (Deuteronomy 23:2). The term is not, however, applied to any illegitimate offspring, born out of wedlock, but is restricted by the rabbins to the issue of any connection within the degrees prohibited by the law.

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