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Handbreadth
Palm
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Handbreadth
Handbreadth. Linear measure equivalent to one-sixth of a cubit or just under three inches in length.See Weights and Measures.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Handbreadth
Handbreadth[Heb ṭep̱aḥ, ṭōp̱aḥ] (1 K. 7:26; 2 Ch. 4:5; Ps. 39:5 [MT 6]; Ex. 25:25; 37:12; Ezk. 40:5, 43; 43:13). A Hebrew linear measurement containing 4 fingers, or digits, and equal to about 8 cm. (3 in). See Weights and Measures.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Handbreadth
HANDBREADTH* Linear measure equivalent to one-sixth of a cubit or just under three inches (7.6 centimeters) in length. The fingers, up to four (Jer 52:21), made a handbreadth; three handbreadths made a handstretch or span (Ex 28:16). See Weights and Measures.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Handbreadth
HANDBREADTH. The breadth of the hand at the base of the four fingers, about three inches (Ex 25:25; 37:12; 1 Kgs 7:26; 2 Chr 4:5). Six handbreadths were a cubit. Ezekiel’s cubit consisted of seven handbreaths (Ezk 40:5; 43:13), as did the royal systems of Egypt and Babylon. See Weights, Measures, and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Handbreadth
HandbreadthA linear measure corresponding to the width of the hand (Heb. ṭep̱aḥ, ṭōp̱aḥ), ca. one sixth of a cubit or 7.4 cm. (2.92 in.; Exod. 25:25; 1 Kgs. 7:26; 2 Chr. 4:5).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Handbreadth
Handbreadth (Heb. ṭep̱aḥ, ṭōp̱aḥ). A linear measure corresponding to the width of the hand, approximately one-sixth of a cubit or 7.4 cm. (2.92 in.) (e.g., 1 Kgs. 7:26; 2 Chr. 4:5). See Weights and Measures.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Handbreadth
Handbreadtha measure of four fingers, equal to about four inches (Ex. 25:25; 37:12; Ps. 39:5, etc.).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Handbreadth
HANDBREADTH — a linear measurement based on the width of the palm, four fingers closely pressed together. The psalmist used the word “handbreadths” to describe the brevity of human life (Ps. 39:5). Also see Weights and Measures.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HANDBREADTH
HANDBREADTH<hand’-bredth> ([טֶפַח‎, Tephach], [טֹפַח‎, Tophach], 1 Ki 7:26; 2 Ch 4:5; Ps 39:5; Ex 25:25; 37:12; Ezek 40:5, 43; 43:13): A Hebrew linear measure containing 4 fingers, or digits, and equal to about 3 inches.See WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Hand
Hand. A measure of length = four inches. Horses are measured up the fore leg to the shoulder, and are called 14, 15, 16 (as it may be), hands high.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Handbreadth
Hand-breadth, the palm, used as a measure of four fingers (Ex. 25:25; 37:12; 1 Kings 7:26; 2 Chron. 4:5; Jer. 52:21). In Ps. 39:5 it is an image of the exceeding shortness of life.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Handbreadth
HANDBREADTH Ancient measurement equal to the width of the hand at the base of the fingers (about three inches). Ezekiel’s long cubit was six handbreadths, one more than the common cubit (Ezek. 40:5). In Ps. 39:5 “a few handbreadths” illustrates the shortness of life.