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Bible Dictionaries

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Hammer

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  • Heb. pattish, used by gold-beaters (Isaiah 41:7 ) and by quarry-men (Jeremiah 23:29 ). Metaphorically of Babylon (Jeremiah 50:23 ) or Nebuchadnezzar.

  • Heb. makabah, a stone-cutter's mallet (1 Kings 6:7 ), or of any workman (Judges 4:21; Isaiah 44:12 ).

  • Heb. halmuth, a poetical word for a workman's hammer, found only in Judges 5:26 , where it denotes the mallet with which the pins of the tent of the nomad are driven into the ground.

  • Heb. mappets, rendered "battle-axe" in Jeremiah 51:20 . This was properly a "mace," which is thus described by Rawlinson: "The Assyrian mace was a short, thin weapon, and must either have been made of a very tough wood or (and this is more probable) of metal. It had an ornamented head, which was sometimes very beautifully modelled, and generally a strap or string at the lower end by which it could be grasped with greater firmness."

    Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Hammer'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/h/hammer.html. 1897.

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