Character Study on Onan

Character Study on Onan

Genesis 38: And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.
Genesis 38: And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
Genesis 38: And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
Genesis 46: And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zerah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
Numbers 26: The sons of Judah were Er and Onan: and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.
1 Chronicles 2: The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of the LORD; and he slew him.
2 Chronicles 35: Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.
Luke 3: Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,

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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Onan
Strong, the second son of Judah (Genesis 38:4-10 ; Compare Deuteronomy 25:5 ; Matthew 22:24 ). He died before the going down of Jacob and his family into Egypt.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Onan
ONAN . A son of Judah ( Genesis 38:4 ; Genesis 46:12 , Numbers 26:19 , 1 Chronicles 2:3 ). After the decease of his elder brother, Er, he was instructed by his father to contract a levirate marriage with Tamar. The device by which he evaded the object of this marriage ‘was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him’ ( Genesis 38:8-10 ).

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Onan
Judah's second son by the Canaanitess, daughter of Shua (Genesis 38:4). Slain by Jehovah for the unnatural means which he took to have no issue by his brother Er's widow, whom he had married according to the custom, to perpetuate the race (Genesis 38:4-9).

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Onan
Second son of Judah by a Canaanitess, 'daughter of Shua': he was slain by Jehovah for his sin. Genesis 38:4-10 ; Genesis 46:12 ; Numbers 26:19 ; 1 Chronicles 2:3 .

Holman Bible Dictionary - Onan
(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).



The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Onan
Son of Judah. If the name be derived from Anoh, it signifies trouble. We have this man's short history, Genesis 38:8-10 and short as it is, it is awful. From this man's sin arose the name of Onanism to that particular offence which he was guilty of, and for which the Lord slew him. Who shall say the numbers which since his days have fallen into it? And who shall calculate the army which by Onanism have hastened the termination of a life of sin, and hurried themselves into eternity! Into how many streams of evil, diffusing themselves into all the parts of our poor fallen nature, hath that one deadly poison the old serpent put into Adam manifested itself through all our passions! Blessed Lord Jesus! what, but for thy gracious recovery of our nature, could have saved the wretched race of Adam from the wrath to come.

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Onam - Onan
Onan - 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 )
Onanism - The name is derived from Onan, the son of the Patriarch Juda, mentioned in the book of Genesis (38:8). When Juda requested Onan to marry his (Onan's) brother's widow, in order to raise up progeny to his brother, Onan frustrated conception. " The more popular terms for Onanism are: birth control, family limitation, race suicide, and neo-Malthusianism. Onanism is always a grave sin
Tamar - After Er’s death, she married his brother Onan. After Onan, too, she seduced Judah and bore him twin sons, Zerach and Peretz (progenitor of King David)
Onan - Onan
Bathshua - Canaanite wife of Judah and mother of Er, Onan, and Shelah (1 Chronicles 2:3 NAS, TEV, NRSV)
Perez - After she was widowed and her brother-in-law, Onan, refused to fulfill his duties in levirate marriage (designed to carry on the name of the deceased through a son), she tricked her father-in-law, Judah, into an affair (Genesis 38:13-30 )
Tamar - Wife of Er and Onan, and by Judah, mother of Pharez and Zarah
Tamar - After her wicked husband died without fathering a child, Tamar was given to Er's brother, Onan, for the purpose of bearing a child in the name of the dead man. Onan refused to impregnate Tamar, for which God killed him
Tamar - After her husband's death, she was married to Onan, his brother (8), and on his death, Judah promised to her that his third son, Shelah, would become her husband
Judah - (See Onan; TAMAR
ta'Mar -
The wife successively of the two sons of Judah, Er and Onan. Er and Onan had successively perished suddenly
Tamar - A Canaanite woman, married to Er and then to his brother Onan (see Marriage, 4)
Levirate Marriage - The custom existed before the Mosaic legislation, for Juda gave Thamar to Onan by this custom, and acknowledged that he should have given her to Sela (Genesis 38)
Marriage, Levirate - The custom existed before the Mosaic legislation, for Juda gave Thamar to Onan by this custom, and acknowledged that he should have given her to Sela (Genesis 38)
Pharez - After the deaths of Er and Onan childless, Pharez took the rank of Judah's son, next after Shelah
Widow - We find the practice of this custom before the law in the person of Tamar, who married successively Er and Onan, the sons of Judah, and who was likewise to have married Selah, the third son of this patriarch, after the two former were dead without issue, Genesis 38:6-11
Judah - She bore him three sons, Er, Onan, and Shelah. Er and Onan were slain by Jahweh for their wickedness. Hirah is a Canaanite clan; Er and Onan stand for two other clans which became united to Judah, but early disappeared; the other three continued to exist as constituents of Judah
Tamar (2) - Er and Onan were dead; and Judah's wife Bathshun
Judah - "... Judah stopped with his friend Hirah, an Adullamite, and there married a Canaanitess, Shuah's daughter (Bath-Shua), by whom he had sons, Er, Onan, and Shelah. Er died childless; and oriental or Chaldee custom (afterward permitted and regulated under the Mosaic code: Matthew 22:24; Deuteronomy 25:5) required Onan to marry his widow Tamar. Onan having been slain by Jehovah for unnatural sin, Shelah ought to have been given her; but Judah, from superstitious fear lest he too should die, delayed
Jacob - ... The assigning of 40, instead of 20, years to his sojourn with Laban allows time for Er and Onan to be grown up when married; their strong passions leading them to marry, even so, at an early age for that time. The common chronology needs some correction, since it makes Judah marry at 20, Er and Onan at 15
Jews, Judaism - She bore him three sons—Er, Onan, and Shelah