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Chalkstone
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Chalkstone
Chalkstone. Literally “stones of chalk,” mentioned as illustrative of the destruction of the pagan altars in Judah (Is 27:9). Chalk beds cap many of the Judean hills, and since the substance easily erodes, Isaiah’s prophecy is apt.See Minerals, Metals, and Precious Stones; Palestine.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Chalkstone
Chalkstone [Heb. ’aḇnê-g̱ir-‘stones of chalk,’ ‘lime’] (Isa. 27:9); NEB CHALK. ’Aḇnê-g̱ir is compounded of ’eḇen, “stone,” which occurs in many passages, and gir or gîr, “lime” (cf. Arab jîr, “gypsum” or “quicklime”), which occurs only here and in Dnl. 5:5: “wrote on the plaster [gîr] of the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Chalkstone
CHALKSTONE* Literally “stones of chalk,” mentioned as illustrative of the destruction of the pagan altars in Judah (Is 27:9). Chalk beds cap many of the Judean hills, and since the substance easily erodes, Isaiah’s prophecy is apt.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Chalkstones
CHALKSTONES. An expression which is used once in the OT (Is. 27:9) as a figure of what must be done to idolatrous altars if forgiveness and restoration are to come. They are to be ‘pulverized’ as if they were made of gypsum or limestone.T. C. Mitchell.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Chalkstones
Chalkstones (Heb. ˒aḇnê-g̱ir “stones of lime”). Soft stones cut from Palestine’s limestone rocks and used for building. Isa. 27:9 (KJV “chalk”; JB “lumps of chalk”) says the stones of altars would be treated as brittle chalkstones that have been “ground to powder” (JB). The image may suggest
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHALKSTONE
CHALKSTONE<chok’-ston> (אַבְנֵי־גִר‎ [’abhneghir] (compare Eben-ezer, הָעֶזֶר‎ [’ebhen ha-̀ezer], “stone of the help,” 1 Samuel 7:12)): In Isaiah 27:9 we have: “Therefore by this shall the iniquity of Jacob be forgiven, and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: that he maketh all the stones
Compton’s Encyclopedia
chalk
chalkIn its natural state chalk is a relatively soft, white, fine-grained variety of limestone. It is composed primarily of the shells—calcium carbonate (CaCO3)—of microscopic one-celled organisms known as foraminiferans. When the foraminiferans die, their shells sink to the sea floor, mix with lime
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Chalkstone
CHALKSTONE Soft stone easily crushed, used for comparison to destruction of altar (Isa. 27:9).
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Chalk
chalk. A white to grayish loosely coherent limestone (calcium carbonate; see lime). It consists of the calcareous remains of minute marine organisms and fine grained calcium carbonate of uncertain origin, together with subordinate amounts of shell fragments, varying proportions of clayey and sandy material,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Chalkstone
CHALKSTONE, chôkʹstōn (אַבְנֵי־גִר‎, ’abhnēghir [cf Eben-ezer, אֶבֶן הָעֶזֶר‎, ’ebhen hā‛ezer, “stone of the help,” 1 S 7:12]): In Isa 27:9 we have: “Therefore by this shall the iniquity of Jacob be forgiven, and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: that he maketh all the stones of the altar
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHALKSTONES
CHALKSTONES [אַבְנֵי־גִרʾavne-ghir]. A metaphor for the fragility of idolatrous altars (Isa 27:9), because limestone, when heated, will convert into lime and break easily.
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