Everything about male infertility in The Bible
Accounts of infertility in the Holy Bible focuses on the long suffering couples that labour to conceive, and how this burden of childlessness can consume their lives, test their love, and weaken their faith.
Accounts of childlessness are female centric; women are the victims deprived of the divine gift of childbearing whilst their husbands suffer with them, sharing the anxiety and constant preoccupation with childlessness.
But every story of childlessness leads to how that situation finds its resolution in divine intervention, in other words, the situation is reversed.
Within these accounts of childless couples we see details of the husbands’ inability to impregnate his wife, most notably in the man’s advanced age, which is considered by ancient society as being too old to father a child.
Although the general theme expressed in the Bible is that a childless couple is indeed a childless ‘couple’; a situation that is very much a shared one. It is also clear that accounts of infertile women far outweigh that of men being termed ‘infertile’.
Stories of men being identified as sterile, but go on to father a children, do not appear in Scripture. Some female readers of Holy Scripture contend that there are no written accounts of sterile men in the Bible at all, but this may be considered untrue. There are several existing accounts of eunuchs in Scripture; men unable to produce children for many reasons including those who were simply ‘born that way’.
“For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it”. (Matthew 19:12)
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