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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Commerce
Commerce The acquisition, distribution, and exchange of merchandise. Commerce developed in antiquity whenever the basic unit of society, the household, be it of peasant or of king (the palace), was unable to provide commodities regarded as necessary for life or desired for its enhancement. Extensive
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Commerce
COMMERCE. While this word is not used in KJV, it includes in its scope the terms “merchant,” “merchandise,” “trade” and “traffic.” See Occupations: Merchants.Palestine was situated on or near the chief commercial highways of the ancient world, being traversed by roads connecting Babylonia and Egypt
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Commerce
Commerce. From the time that men began to live in cities, trade, in some shape, must have been carried on to supply the town-dwellers with necessaries from foreign as well as native sources, for we find that Abraham was rich, not only in cattle, but in silver, gold, and gold and silver plate and ornaments.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Commerce
COMMERCE. The exchange of products among men must have begun with the earliest history of mankind. The descendants of Cain in Gen. 4 initiated urban living, articles of art and craftsmanship (4:21–22), and engaged in commerce. The construction of the Noahic ark implied interchange of goods.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Commerce
COMMERCE — the buying, selling, and trading of goods, especially on a large scale (as between nations) involving transportation from place to place.Trade began well before recorded history in the ancient world. By the time of Abraham (about 2000 b.c.), trade was highly developed in such places as ancient
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Commerce
COMMERCE Commercial activity in the ancient Near East took many forms. The economy centered around agriculture, but some manufactured goods were produced and natural resources mined. Farm goods, products, and resources had to be transported to market centers and other countries. Barter and the buying
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Trade, Commerce, and Business
trade, commerce, and business. Trade is essentially the exchange of commodities either by barter or for some fiscal medium, while commerce is trade on a large scale, especially on an international basis. The term business has a broad meaning but is here taken in the sense of intricate commerce, with
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