|CHAMBERS OF IMAGERY |
im'-aj-ri, im'-a-jer-i (maskith):
The reference (Ezekiel 8:12) is to chambers in the temple where the elders of Israel were wont to assemble and practice rites of an idolatrous character. What the imagery consisted of, we may gather from 8:10: symbolic representations of beasts and reptiles and "detestable things." It is thought that these symbols were of a zodiacal character. The worship of the planets was in vogue at the time of the prophet among the degenerate Israelites.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'CHAMBERS OF IMAGERY'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". <http://classic.studylight.org/enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T1949>. 1915.