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Holman Bible Dictionary

Dysentery

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A disease characterized by diarrhea, painful bowel spasms, and ulceration and infection of the bowels resulting in blood and pus in the excreta. Modern speech translations of Acts 28:8 render the “bloody flux” of the KJV as dysentery. Many interpreters also understand the chronic bowel disease which afflicted King Jehoram (2Chronicles 21:15, 2 Chronicles 21:18-19 ) as dysentery. The nontechnical language of the account does not permit a precise diagnosis excluding other diseases of the bowels such as chronic diarrhea or colitis. There is some disagreement on the nature of the symptoms given in 2 Chronicles 21:15 . The REB together with many commentators understand the phrase usually rendered his bowels came out as a reference to a prolapsed bowel, that is, his bowel slipped from its normal position. Others understand the text to refer to excretion of the bowel itself.

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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 'Dysentery'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/d/dysentery.html. 1991.

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