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Holman Bible Dictionary
1. Woman who breast-feeds an infant (Genesis 21:7
; Exodus 2:7
; 1 Samuel 1:23
). In Old Testament times children were often nursed as long as three years (1 Samuel 1:22-24
). Weaning was often a time of celebration (Genesis 21:8
). Generally, a mother nursed her own child; though sometimes a wet nurse was employed (Exodus 2:7
). A nurse might continue as an honored family member after the child was grown (Genesis 24:59
; Genesis 35:8
). Paul likened the gentleness of his missionary approach to a mother nursing her children (1 Thessalonians 2:7
. Woman who cares for a child such as a governess or nanny (Ruth 4:16
; 2 Samuel 4:4
. One who cares for the sick (1Kings 1:2,1 Kings 1:4
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nurse'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/n/nurse.html. 1991.