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Covenant of Salt
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Salt came to symbolize a lasting agreement due to its use with sacrifices (Lev 2:13; Ezek 43:24). The phrase “covenant of salt” is used to emphasize the enduring nature of the Mosaic covenant (Num 18:19) and the Davidic covenant (2 Chr 13:5).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Covenant of Salt
Covenant of Salt (בְּרִית מֶלַח‎, berith melach). Salt came to symbolize a lasting agreement due to its use with sacrifices (Lev 2:13; Ezek 43:24). The phrase “covenant of salt” is used to emphasize the enduring nature of the Mosaic covenant (Num 18:19) and the Davidic covenant (2 Chr 13:5).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Covenant of Salt
Covenant of Salt. Biblical phrase for a two-way agreement, the inviolability of which was symbolized by salt. A Middle Eastern saying, “There is bread and salt between us,” meant that a relationship had been confirmed by sharing a meal. Salt symbolized the life and enduring nature of the alliance. In
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Covenant of Salt
Covenant of Salt [Heb. berîṯ melaḥ; Gk. diathḗkē halós]. As salt was regarded as a necessary ingredient of the daily food, and so of all sacrifices offered to Yahweh (Lev. 2:13), it became an easy step to the very close connection between salt and covenant-making. When men ate together they
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Covenant of Salt
COVENANT OF SALT* Biblical phrase for a two-way agreement, the inviolability of which was symbolized by salt. A Middle Eastern saying, “There is bread and salt between us,” meant that a relationship had been confirmed by sharing a meal. Salt symbolized the life and enduring nature of the alliance. In
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Covenant of Salt
COVENANT OF SALT. Agreements or compacts between individuals were usually ratified by eating together (Gen 31:44, 54; Ex 24:7–11). Seasoning the food to be eaten with salt signified the permanence and inviolability of the treaty or covenant being made or remembered (2 Chr 13:5; Ezr 4:14), RSV). When
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Covenant of Salt
COVENANT OF SALT (Heb. brı̂t melaḥ). Covenanting parties were accustomed to partake of salt, thus making a covenant of salt (Num. 18:19; 2 Chron. 13:5), i.e., one that was inviolably sure. The meaning appears to have been that the salt, with its power to strengthen food and keep it from decay, symbolized
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Covenant of Salt
COVENANT OF SALT — an Old Testament expression for a covenant, or agreement, that was supposed to be honored forever (Num. 18:19). Salt apparently was used as a figure of speech for binding agreements because it was a basic part of the Israelite diet and it was also used as a food preservative in the
Salt, Covenant of
SALT, COVENANT OF — an Old Testament expression for an everlasting covenant (Num. 18:19). Salt was an important commodity in the ancient world. It was used for seasoning foods as well as to purify and preserve certain substances. Thus, a covenant of salt indicated faithfulness, dependability, and durability.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COVENANT OF SALT
COVENANT OF SALT<solt> ([בְּרִית מֶלַח‎, berith melach]; [ἅλας, halas], classical Greek [ἅλς, hals]): As salt was regarded as a necessary ingredient of the daily food, and so of all sacrifices offered to Yahweh (Leviticus 2:13), it became an easy step to the very close connection between salt and
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Covenant of Salt
Covʹe-nant of Salt. As salt is an emblem of incorruptibility and permanence, so a covenant of salt is an everlasting covenant. The phrase occurs in Num. 18:19; 2 Chron. 13:5; comp. Lev. 2:13.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Covenant of Salt
COVENANT OF SALT Often utilized in covenant making, probably as symbolic of that which preserves and prevents decay. The hope was that the covenant thus enacted would endure (Num. 18:19; 2 Chron. 13:5). Salt was an essential element of the cereal offerings made to God (Lev. 2:13).
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Covenant of Salt
covenant of salt. An expression used in OT times for a perpetual covenant. The ceremonial law called for the use of salt in all cereal offerings and perhaps in other offerings as well, according to the Mosaic instruction (Lev. 2:13). Being a necessary part of human diet, it is not surprising that it
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Covenant of Salt
COVENANT OF SALT, sôlt (בְּרִית מֶלַח‎, berῑth melaḥ; ἅλας, hálas, classical Gr ἅλς, háls): As salt was regarded as a necessary ingredient of the daily food, and so of all sacrifices offered to Jeh (Lev 2:13), it became an easy step to the very close connection between salt and covenant-making. When
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