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Holman Bible Dictionary
A person who held a vessel filled with seed in the left hand and scattered the seed with a practiced motion with the right hand. The seed was usually scattered on untilled ground. Then with a plow or harrow, the ground would be scratched or turned to cover the seed. It seems that any seed to be sowed had to be ceremonially clean (Leviticus 11:37
). Mixed seed could not be sowed together (Leviticus 19:19
). Purity reached into the far corners of Hebrew life. Jesus used the sower for a parable about life and illustrated the everyday hardships farmers faced (Matthew 13:3-9
; Mark 4:3-9
; Luke 8:4-8
). See Agriculture
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 'Sower'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/s/sower.html. 1991.