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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

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NURSE. Healthy women among the Hebrews in ancient times were accustomed to suckle their own children ( Genesis 21:7 ). As in Palestine to-day, the child was suckled for a long time, sometimes as much as three years ( 1 Samuel 1:23 f., 2Ma 7:27 ). Weaning was the occasion of a joyful feast ( Genesis 21:8 , 1 Samuel 1:24 ). But the nurse was also found in olden times in Israel, and was often held in great affection and honour ( Genesis 24:59; Genesis 35:8 , Exodus 2:7 , 2 Kings 11:2 , Isaiah 49:23 , 1 Thessalonians 2:7 ). The nurse, mçneqeth , must be distinguished from the ’ômeneth , tr. [Note: translate or translation.] ‘nurse’ in Ruth 4:18 , 2 Samuel 4:4 , which means the attendant in charge of the child.

W. Ewing.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Nurse'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hdb/​n/nurse.html. 1909.
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