The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Crafts in Roman Palestine
Crafts in Roman Palestine Explores the production and distribution of crafts in Roman Palestine, including the production of pottery, oil lamps, stone vessels, and glass.
Crafts in the Ancient near East
Crafts in the Ancient near East Crafts in the Ancient Near East. The conversion of natural materials into industrial commodities in the ancient Near East.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Arts and Crafts
ARTS AND CRAFTS. Throughout their history the inhabitants of Palestine maintained the same basic trades as their neighbours and were able to make most of their artefacts by the use of clay, metal, fibres, wood and stone. Working with these materials was the task of any able-bodied peasant, supported
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Handicraft. Acts 18:3; 19:25; Rev. 18:22. A trade was taught to all the Jewish boys, as a necessary part of their education. Even the greatest rabbis maintained themselves by trades (Delitzsch). Says Rabbi Jehuda, “He who does not teach his son a trade is much the same as if taught him to be a thief.”
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HANDICRAFTS. The word handicraft is not found in Scripture, and yet it is appropriate, inasmuch as most of the mechanical work of ancient times was performed by hand.Archaeological discoveries have revealed remarkable evidences left by the non-Semitic Sumerians who arrived in the Plain of Shinar in
Compton’s Encyclopedia
handicraftStrictly speaking, handicrafts are occupations that involve making usable or decorative products by hand. Before the Industrial Revolution all such products were handmade, often in the home. The age of the machine nearly did away with the traditional crafts by fostering mass production.During
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Craft. This word is used in the Scriptures in two senses.I. Cunning, deceit, guile (Dan. 8:25; Mark 14:1).II. Trade, occupation, business (Acts 18:3; 19:25, 27; Rev. 18:22). A slight sketch of the principal trades mentioned in Scripture is subjoined.1. Metal-working.—The preparation of iron for use
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CRAFT Occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill. Several crafts were practiced in biblical times: carpentry, boat building, carving (wood, ivory, ebony, and alabaster), metalworking (gold, silver, bronze, and iron), weaving and spinning, tanning, tent making, basket weavers, potter’s
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
crafts. Manual skills requiring special abilities. Those engaged in the various crafts are designated generally by the word ḥārāš H3093, “graver, artificer,” and is used of the skilled metal-worker (Exod. 38:23), whether in copper (Gen. 4:22) or iron (Isa. 44:12), or of those who prepared the basic
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
handicraft. Most industrial products of the biblical world were produced by skilled craftsmen, though some industries, notably mining and quarrying, used unskilled, forced labor. Craft clans probably held a traditional claim to certain industries (e.g., the Kenites; see also Ge Harashim), although individual
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