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Also translated “latticework.” A crisscross pattern of ornamentation. Checker-work was used on the tops of the pillars of Jachin and Boaz before the porch of Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:17).
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CHECKER WORK. Network or latticework used as ornamentation on the top of the pillars of Jachin and Boaz before the porch of the temple (1 Kgs 7:17, 21). In Ex 28:4, 39 a different Heb. word is translated by RSV as a “coat of checker work” or “broidered coat,” referring to the checked design used in making
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The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
checker work. The expression “nets of checker work” is used by some English versions to render an unusual Hebrew phrase that means literally, “lattices—a work of lattice” (only in 1 Ki. 7:17; NIV simply, “network”). It refers to the seven-stranded link chains, four in warp and three in weft (to hold
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
CHECKER-WORK, chek′ēr-wûrk (NETWORK) (שְׂבָכָה, sebhākhāh): This was a kind of ornamentation used on the tops of the pillars of Jachin and Boaz before the porch of the Temple (1 K 7:17). Its exact form is not known. See Temple. For “a broidered coat” (Ex 28:4 AV), RV gives “a coat of checker work.”
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHECKER WORK [מַעֲשֵׂה שְׂבָכָה maʿaseh sevakhah]. A crosshatch pattern in bronze adorning the large floral capitals of the two pillars, JACHIN AND BOAZ, at the entrance to Solomon’s Temple (1 Kgs 7:17), possibly resembling the pattern on the priest’s checkered tunic (Exod 28:4, 39). See ARCHITECTURE,
LATTICEWORK [רֶשֶׁת resheth, שְׂבָכָה sevakhah]. Latticework and network are architectural terms that, in both Hebrew and English, describe a grid-type structure formed by connected pieces of material. “Network” best describes a connected grid of flexible materials (like a fishnet) while “latticework”
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