The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Brass; Brasen
Brass; Brasen [Heb. neḥōšeṯ. The term neḥōšeṯ is translated “brass” by the RSV only where it describes tensile strength or symbolizes spiritual obduracy (Lev. 26:19; Dt. 28:23; Isa. 48:4); elsewhere, where the AV renders “brass” the RSV generally renders “bronze.”See Bronze.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
brass, an alloy of copper and zinc that is malleable and durable. The kjv translates the Hebrew word nekhoshet (meaning “copper” or “bronze”) as “brass.” The nrsv uses “brass” only in Isa. 48:4, rendering the word as “copper” in Lev. 26:19 and as “bronze” in Deut. 28:23. Other translations avoid the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Brass. The word nechôsheth is improperly translated by “brass.” In most places of the Old Testament the correct translation would be copper, although it may sometimes possibly mean bronze, a compound of copper and tin. Indeed a simple metal was obviously intended, as we see from Deut. 8:9; 33:25; Job
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Brasswhich is an alloy of copper and zinc, was not known till the thirteenth century. What is designated by this word in Scripture is properly copper (Deut. 8:9). It was used for fetters (Judg. 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7), for pieces of armour (1 Sam. 17:5, 6), for musical instruments (1 Chr. 15:19; 1 Cor.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Brassbrass, an alloy of copper and zinc that is malleable and durable. The kjv translates the Hebrew word neḥoshet (meaning ‘copper’ or ‘bronze’) as ‘brass.’ Except for several metaphorical references (Lev. 26:19; Deut. 28:23; Isa. 48:4), the rsv uses the term ‘bronze.’ Other modern translations tend
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BRASS; BRAZEN<bras> ( נַחֹשֶׁת‎[nechosheth]): The use of the word brass has always been more or less indefinite in its application. At the present time the term brass is applied to an alloy of copper and zinc or of copper, zinc and tin. The word translated “brass” in the King James Version would be
Compton’s Encyclopedia
brassAny alloy, or mixture, of copper and zinc is called brass. Sometimes small amounts of other metals are also included. In ancient times, metalworkers did not know the difference between zinc and tin, which when alloyed with copper makes bronze. As a result, both brass and bronze were for a time
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Brass [the shining or hard or strong]. The Hebrew word rendered thus in our English Bible is not brass, but most generally copper, sometimes bronze, a compound of copper and tin (Deut. 8:9; 33:25; Job 28:2). Copper was known at a very early period (Gen. 4:22), and bronze is frequently found in ancient
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
BRASS.—Wherever we find the word ‘brass’ in the EV, we may be reasonably certain that copper or bronze is intended. Copper was universally used by the ancients, on account of its extreme ductility. In Bible lands it was mined in the region of Lebanon, in Edom, in the Sinaitic peninsula, where the great
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BRASS Any copper alloy was called “brass” by the KJV translators. Brass is the alloy of copper and zinc, a combination unknown in the ancient Near East. A common alloy was copper and tin—that is, bronze—and this is what is indicated by the Hebrew of the biblical text. Some modern translations retain
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