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Eunuchs in Judaism
Dear Brother Ron
Can you find any reference to eunuchs in Judaism. I am looking for a reference to eunuchs being allowed for a "higher calling".
Eunuchs had great authority in the Jewish society. Although they were not Jews, they were greatly respected by them. The only reference I could find in the Bible which might indicate a higher calling for eunuchs is Isaiah 56:4-5:
Isaiah 56:4For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Isaiah 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
We also see that some kingdoms gave eunuchs special responsibilities:
Jeremiah 52:25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king's person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.
Hope this helps.