Common characters
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Common Characters
Common Characters (חֶרֶט אֱנוֹשׁ‎, cheret enosh). A term that occurs in the book of Isaiah, where Yahweh commands Isaiah to write on a tablet “in common characters.” The meaning of the Hebrew here is unclear (Isa 8:1).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Characters, Common
Characters, Common [Heb. ḥereṭ’enôš—‘a man’s stylus’] (Isa. 8:1). A common type of writing, devoid of conscious artistry, which could be easily read.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Characters, Common
characters, common. This expression is used by the NRSV to render a Hebrew phrase meaning “stylus of a man” (Isa. 8:1; NIV, “ordinary pen”). It probably indicated the usual mode of writing an inscription, such as would be familiar and easily legible to the ordinary man. Isaiah was bidden by God to write
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHARACTERS, COMMON [חֶרֶטkheret]. God commands Isaiah to write on a tablet with “a man’s kheret” (Isa 8:1). In its only other occurrence (Exod 32:4), kheret clearly indicates an engraving tool. Based on the expression, “writing of God” (Exod 32:16), however, translators have continued to render the
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