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Awl
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Awl
Awl [Heb. marṣē (a)‘]; AV AUL. A pointed tool that was used for boring through a slave’s ear (Ex. 21:6; Dt. 15:17).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Aul
AUL. A thin, sharp instrument mentioned in the Bible only in connection with the piercing of the ear of a Heb. slave who out of love willingly took a vow of perpetual slavery (Ex 21:6; Deut 15:17) Many specimens of auls made of bone, wood, flint, or metal have been unearthed in the Near East from earliest
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Awl
Awl (Heb. marṣēa˓). A pointed tool used for boring through a slave’s ear (Exod. 21:6; Deut. 15:17).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Awl
Awl, a tool of which we do not know the ancient form. The only notice of it is in connection with the custom of boring the ear of the slave. Ex. 21:6; Deut. 15:17.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Awl
AWL (Heb. marṣēa˓, from a verb signifying “to bore”). A boring instrument, probably of the simplest kind, and similar to those in familiar use at the present time. It occurs twice in the Scriptures (Ex. 21:6; Deut. 15:17).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Awl
Awlan instrument only referred to in connection with the custom of boring the ear of a slave (Ex. 21:6; Deut. 15:17), in token of his volunteering perpetual service when he might be free. (Comp. Ps. 40:6; Isa. 50:5).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AWL
AWL<ol> מַרַצֵעַ‎ [martseà]: “Bore his ear through with an awl” (Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17). The ear was pierced as being the organ of hearing, thus signifying the servant’s promise of obedience.See BORE.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Awl
Awl.I’ll pack up my awls ana be gone,” i.e. all my goods. The play is on awl and all.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Awl
Awl, a tool of which we do not know the ancient form. The only notice of it is in connection with the custom of boring the ear of the slave (Ex. 21:6; Deut. 15:17).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Awl
AWL Instrument or tool made of flint, bone, stone, or metal to bore holes. Biblical references refer to using the awl to pierce a servant’s ear (Exod. 21:6; Deut. 15:17). Perhaps a ring or identification tag was placed in the hole. This marked the slave as a permanent slave for life. Excavators in Palestine