Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gold. Soft yellow metallic element.See Coins; Minerals, Metals, and Precious Stones; Money and Banking.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gold This highly prized metal is mentioned 385 times in the Bible, more often than any other metal. In spite of its frequent mention it was not native to Palestine. It had to be imported from Ophir, Havilah (Gen. 2:11f), Sheba (1 K. 10:2 par 2 Ch. 9:10, 14), Raamah (Ezk. 27:22), and Uphaz (Jer. 10:9;
Gold-Plated [Heb. ʾap̱uddaṯ zāhāḇ—‘ephod of gold’] (Isa. 30:22); AV ORNAMENT OF GOLD; NEB SHEATHED IN GOLD; GOLD-WOVEN [Heb. mimmiš-beṣôṯ zāhāḇ] (Ps. 45:13 [MT 14]); AV WROUGHT GOLD; NEB CLOTH-OF-GOLD. The manufacture of golden images was one of many ways in which the Hebrew Goldsmith
Wedge of Gold
Wedge of Gold The AV rendering of Heb. lešôn zāhāḇ (“tongue of gold”) in Josh. 7:21, 24. The phrase refers to a bar of gold, one of the forms in which gold was used before the invention of coins for money. In Isa. 13:12 the AV’s use of “golden wedge” for Heb. keṯem has insufficient grounds;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GOLD Soft, yellow metallic element. See Coins; Minerals and Metals; Money.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
gold, the precious metal named more frequently than any other in the Bible (385 times). It was imported from Uphaz (Jer. 10:9), Raamah (Ezek. 27:22), Sheba (1 Kings 10:2), Havilah (Gen. 2:11), and Ophir (1 Chron. 29:4; 2 Chron. 8:18), all sites that have not yet been located. Occasionally gold was acquired
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
WEDGE. bar (Heb. lashôn, “tongue”) of gold probably used as one form of money. A wedge 50 shekels in weight was taken from Jericho by Achan (Josh 7:21, 24). A similar ingot of gold c. ten inches long, one inch wide, and one-half inch thick, was found at Gezer by R. A. S. Macalister. A similar wedge
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GoldThe most frequently mentioned precious metal in the Bible. In OT times gold was used for money (Gen. 44:8); jewelry (41:42); decoration, such as gilding the ark of the covenant (Exod. 25:11); thread in weaving priests’ garments (28:8); and idols (20:23). Many of the tabernacle and temple artifacts
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gold. The most frequently mentioned metal in the Bible. The land of Arabia was an important source of gold in the ancient world, and the Old Testament mentions two regions famous for their gold production, Havilah (Gen. 2:11–12) and Ophir (1 Kgs. 10:11), which may be located there.Gold has been highly
Catholic Bible Dictionary
GOLD A precious metal that is not found naturally in Palestine; nevertheless, it was known, used, and prized by the Israelites from an early time. As it was not found naturally, it was obtained from other sources such as Havilah (Gen 2:12), Sheba (1 Kgs 10:1; Isa 60:6; Ezek 27:22), and Ophir (1 Kgs 9:28;
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gold. Gold was known from the very earliest times. Gen. 2:11. It was at first used chiefly for ornaments, etc. Gen. 24:22. Coined money was not known to the ancients till a comparatively late period; and on the Egyptian tombs gold is represented as being weighed in rings for commercial purposes. Comp.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Gold(1.) Heb. zahab, so called from its yellow colour (Ex. 25:11; 1 Chr. 28:18; 2 Chr. 3:5).(2.) Heb. segor, from its compactness, or as being enclosed or treasured up; thus precious or “fine gold” (1 Kings 6:20; 7:49).(3.) Heb. paz, native or pure gold (Job 28:17; Ps. 19:10; 21:3, etc.).(4.) Heb.
Beaten gold
Beaten goldin Num. 8:4, means “turned” or rounded work in gold. The Greek Version, however, renders the word “solid gold;” the Revised Version, “beaten work of gold.” In 1 Kings 10:16, 17, it probably means “mixed” gold, as the word ought to be rendered, i.e., not pure gold. Others render the word in
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Goldgold, the precious metal most often named in the Bible (385 times). It was imported from the yet to be located sites named Uphaz (Jer. 10:9), Raamah (Ezek. 27:22), Sheba (1 Kings 10:2), Havilah (Gen. 2:11), and Ophir (1 Chron. 29:4; 2 Chron. 8:18). Occasionally gold was acquired as booty (Exod.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
GoldThe large number of references to gold in the Bible (425) springs a paradox on us: valued because of its rarity and difficulty to attain, gold is yet one of the most frequently mentioned physical phenomena in the Bible. The primary quality of gold in these references is its value. A secondary quality