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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Hebrew - knife
Hebrew - knife
Hebrew - penknife, knife
Hebrew - knife

A small instrument made of flint, copper, bronze, or iron used mainly for domestic purposes. Joshua was ordered to make flint knives for the circumcision of Israelite males (Joshua 5:2-3). Since flint was not the common material used to make knives in the days of Joshua, the command to make the knives of flint probably reflects a very ancient practice of circumcision (see Genesis 17:11; Circumcision). Knives were used most commonly for killing and skinning animals and for killing sacrificial animals (see Leviticus 7:2; Leviticus 8:15,Leviticus 8:20,Leviticus 8:25; Leviticus 9:8-15; 1 Samuel 9:24). Some Bible students think the pruning hooks of Isaiah 18:5 were curved knives. Others believe that the lances of the priests of Baal were pointed knives with which they cut themselves to gain Baal's attention (1 Kings 18:28). According to Ezra 1:9, the furnishings for the Temple included 29 knives (KJV, NRSV), but the meaning of the Hebrew term is uncertain as seen in modern translations: NIV, “silver pans”; REB, “vessels of various kinds”; RSV, “censers”; NAS, “duplicates.”

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'KNIFE'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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