abraham's bosom defined in 1939 yearabraham's bosom - Abraham's Bosom;
abraham's bosom - Figurative expression used by Jews and Christians to signify the abode of the faithful departed. It was so used by Christ in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16). The term is derived from the ancient practice of reclining on couches at meals, so that the head of each guest was leaning towards the bosom of his neighbour. Thus the chief guest was said to recline in the bosom of the host - the place of honour: e.g. in John 13 it is recorded that there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of the disciples, whom Jesus loved.
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