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The type of wood used by Noah to construct the ark (Gen 6:14). Transliterated from the Hebrew; the actual identity of the wood is unknown.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gopher Wood [Heb. ʿaṣê-g̱ōp̱er; Gk. tetragōnía]; NEB RIBS OF CYPRESS (Gen. 6:14). The Hebrew term has not been attested in cognate languages, and a connection with the Akk. kuprītu, “brimstone,” seems improbable. Equally unlikely is the attempt to relate it to the modern Arabic kufa or boat made
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gopher WoodThe material from which Noah was instructed to build the ark. Heb. ʿăṣê-g̱ōp̱er appears only at Gen. 6:14, and no cognates have been found in other ancient Near Eastern languages. Some scholars associate it with the construction of the Mesopotamian kufa boat, which was made of branches
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gopher Wood (Heb. ˓aṣê-g̱ōp̱er).† The material from which Noah was instructed to build the ark. The term appears only at Gen. 6:14, and no cognates have been found in other ancient Near Eastern languages. Some scholars associate it with the construction of the Mesopotamian kufa boat, which was
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Gopher—a tree from the wood of which Noah was directed to build the ark (Gen. 6:14). It is mentioned only there. The LXX. render this word by “squared beams,” and the Vulgate by “planed wood.” Other versions have rendered it “pine” and “cedar;” but the weight of authority is in favour of understanding
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GOPHER WOOD<go’-fer wood> ([עֲצֵי גֹפֶר, ̀atse ghopher]): The wood from which Noah’s ark was made (Gen 6:14). Gopher is a word unknown elsewhere in Hebrew or allied languages. Lagarde considered that it was connected with [גָּפְרִית, gophrith], meaning “brimstone,” or “pitch,” while others connect