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Dial of Ahaz
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Sun Dial
Sun Dial. Instrument used for telling time installed by King Ahaz of Judah (737–715 bc) in the royal palace of Jerusalem. Some suggest that this time indicator was not a sundial but a stairway. The time of day was determined by the position of the shadow of some object cast on the stairs. At Isaiah’s
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dial of Ahaz
Dial of Ahaz [Heb. ma‘alôṯ—‘steps’] (2 K. 20:11; Isa. 38:8); AV also SUN DIAL OF AHAZ; NEB STAIRWAY OF AHAZ. One of the most striking instances of divine intervention in human affairs at the behest of a prophet was connected with the sign of divine healing given to the ailing Judean king Hezekiah
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Sundial
SUNDIAL Instrument used for telling time installed by King Ahaz of Judah (735–715 bc) in the royal palace of Jerusalem. Some suggest that this time indicator was not a sundial but a stairway. The time of day was determined by the position of the shadow of some object cast on the stairs. At Isaiah’s command,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Dial
dial, a flat disk with numbers or other symbols around its edge. Though the sundial was known in antiquity, the word in the story of Hezekiah’s healing (2 Kings 20:11; Isa. 38:8) probably refers only to a stairway whose steps were gradually shaded by a nearby object as the day progressed.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Sun Dial
Sun umbrella of King Tutankhamon of Egypt. LLSUN DIAL. An instrument for the measuring of daytime. The term “sun dial” (ma˓ălôt) occurs once in the KJV in Isa 38:8 and “dial” in the parallel passage in 2 Kgs 20:11. The ASV and RSV render ma˓ālôt by “dial” in both instances. In his prayer, Hezekiah
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dial of Ahaz
Dial of AhazA type of sundial formed by two sets of stairs, one ascending from the east and one from the west, which led to the roof and shared the top step. As the sun passed from east to west the steps would be illuminated and would thus delineate the passing of the day. The Lord’s promise to heal
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dial of Ahaz
Dial of Ahaz [Heb. ma˓alôṯ ˒āḥāz].† According to the KJV and RSV, a device used to show the passage of time, suggesting a sundial (so KJV, Isa. 38:8) or horologe such as those employed by the Babylonians and Egyptians (cf. Herodotus Hist ii.109). However, the Hebrew term means simply
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Dial
Dial. “An instrument for showing the time of day from the shadow of a style or gnomon on a graduated arc or surface”; rendered “steps” in Authorized Version, Ex. 20:26; 1 Kings 10:19, and “degrees,” 2 Kings 20:9, 10, 11; Isa. 38:8, where to give a consistent rendering we should read with the margin the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Dial
DIAL (Heb. ma˓ălâ, “step”). Used for the measurement of time, erected by Ahaz (2 Kings 20:9–11; Isa. 38:8) and called the “steps of Ahaz” (KJV; NASB and NIV, “stairway”). As ma˓ălâ may signify either one of a flight of steps or degree, we might suppose the reference to be a dial plate with a gnomon
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dial
Dialfor the measurement of time, only once mentioned in the Bible, erected by Ahaz (2 Kings 20:11; Isa. 38:8). The Hebrew word (ma’aloth) is rendered “steps” in Ex. 20:26, 1 Kings 10:19, and “degrees” in 2 Kings 20:9, 10, 11. The maʾaloth was probably stairs on which the shadow of a column or obelisk
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Dial
Dialdial, a flat disk with numbers or other symbols around its edge. Though the sundial was known in antiquity, the word in the story of Hezekiah’s healing (2 Kings 20:11; Isa. 38:8) probably refers only to a stairway whose steps were gradually shaded by a nearby object as the day progressed.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Sundial of Ahaz
SUNDIAL OF AHAZ — time-keeping device by which God gave Hezekiah the sign that he would be healed (2 Kin. 20:1–11; Is. 38:4–8). Hezekiah asked that the sun’s shadow go backward ten degrees or steps as a sign of his healing. This “dial” was probably not a small disk, as modern readers might suppose, but
Sundial
SUNDIAL — a device for measuring time by the position of the sun in the sky. The word dial (KJV), or sundial (NKJV), occurs only twice in the Old Testament, both times in connection with the miracle of the healing of King Hezekiah (2 Kin. 20:11; Is. 38:8). The word itself is derived from a Hebrew verb