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Onan

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(oh' nan) Personal name meaning, “power.” A son of Judah and his Canaanite wife, Shuah (Genesis 38:2-8 ). Following the death of his older brother, Er, Onan was to have married the widow and produced a son who would carry on Er's name. Onan repeatedly failed to complete the responsibilities of the marriage and thus God killed him (Genesis 38:8-10 ). (See Levirate Law; Marriage).


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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Onan'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/o/onan.html. 1991.

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Monday, November 18th, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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