Castrated men. In the Bible eunuchs are usually portrayed as having positions of responsibility in royal courts. Though eunuchs were excluded from certain privileges under the old covenant, they were at no disadvantage under the new.
Eunuchs not excluded from God’s blessings if obedientIsa 56:3-5
Eunuchs could become Christians like anyone elseSee alsoAc 8:26-39 the Ethiopian eunuch
Eunuch as an image for celibacy
Mt 19:10-12Jesus Christ teaches that castration is not the only legitimate reason for celibacy. Some men may be called to voluntary celibacy because of the demands of their role in the kingdom of heaven.
Paul suggests that a dogmatic demand for circumcision might lead to a demand for emasculation
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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