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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Carving

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karv´ing : Carving, or engraving, was extensively used among the peoples of Bible lands. There were no materials used in the arts which were not subjected to the graver's skill. Carved objects of wood, stone, ivory, clay, bronze, gold, silver and glass discovered today show how skillful the ancient carvers were. Carving was principally done in bas-relief, although Exodus 28:11 shows that incised lines were also used. The signets and scarabs are examples of this class of carving. Several Hebrew words have been translated "carved" in the King James Version. Peṣel or peṣı̄l is found in Judges 18:18; 2 Chronicles 33:7 , 2 Chronicles 33:22; 2 Chronicles 34:3 , 2 Chronicles 34:1; ḥāḳah in 1 Kings 6:35 . The translation "graven" appears in the Revised Version (British and American) of all these passages. In 1 Kings 6:29 , 1 Kings 6:32 , 1 Kings 6:35 , ḳāla‛ appears; in 1 Kings 6:18 , 1 Kings 6:32 , miḳla‛ath ; in 1 Kings 6:29 and Psalm 74:6 , pittūaḥ ; in Exodus 31:5; Exodus 35:33 , ḥărōsheth (see CARPENTER ); ḥăṭūbhāh in Proverbs 7:16 is better translated "striped" as in the Revised Version (British and American). For further notes on carving, see CRAFTS .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Carving'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/c/carving.html. 1915.

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