Homes and Dwellings
Dwelling • Dwellings • House • Houses • Residence
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
House, Ancient near Eastern
House, Ancient Near Eastern (בַּיִת‎, bayith), Ancient Near Eastern. A fixed residential structure, in contrast to a temporary dwelling such as a tent (אֺהֶל‎, ohel) or booth (סֻכָּה‎, sukkah); also used to describe kinship relations, such as a family, tribe, or royal dynasty.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
House[Heb and Aram bayiṯ; Gk. oíkos, oikía]. Hebrew bayiṯ, “house,” occurs over 1750 times in the OT and embraces all dwellings, from the simplest (even a tent, Gen. 27:15) up to the king’s palace (1 K. 7:1) or God’s temple (1 K. 6:1). The term stems, presumably, from a root meaning “to get a night’s
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Homes and Dwellings
HOMES AND DWELLINGSPreviewMiddle Bronze Age HousesLate Bronze Age HousesIsraelite Houses of the Iron AgeHouses in New Testament TimesMiddle Bronze Age Houses (c. 1800–1500 bc) Israel’s early ancestors lived mostly in tents or temporary dwellings, but the Canaanites of the middle Bronze Age
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
house.1 The ordinary dwelling unit of the settled population. The Bible offers numerous references to specific parts of houses, such as roofs, upper rooms, doors, and courtyards, but it gives no full description of a typical house. Supplementary evidence provided by archaeology, however, makes it possible
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HOUSE. This is the translation of some five words in the Bible. The house (Heb. bayit. Gr. oikia) designates variously the dwelling place of a family of the king, or the temple of God in Jerusalem. The term may also designate a nation (house of Israel), a tribe, a family (Gen 7:1, etc.).Reconstruction
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HOUSE (Heb. bayiṯ; Gk. oikos, oikia). The Heb. and Gk. words are used with reference to various kinds of buildings and also in the sense of ‘household, family’. Particularly in the NT, the ‘house of God’ is developed into an important theological concept. Architectural information in the Bible has been
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HouseA shelter or dwelling place. Biblical and Near Eastern texts and archaeological contexts contain independent and complementary sources for the historical and cultural development of the house in Syria-Palestine.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
House (Heb., Aram. bayiṯ; Gk. oíkos).† A dwelling or place of residence. In this basic sense, the term encompasses the simplest peasant dwellings (perhaps even caves or tents; cf. Gen. 33:17) as well as the palaces of the nobility.From the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3200–2100 B.C.) on, most Palestinian
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
HOUSES Compared with what is known about public buildings in antiquity, such as fortifications, temples and palaces, the information that is available about private dwellings is relatively limited. There are two reason for this: firstly, in a mound with continuous layers of occupation only the foundations
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
House, Spiritual House
House, Spiritual HouseA house (Gk oikos and oikia) is a dwelling that is both a permanent shelter and a place where one’s family is located. By extension of meaning, therefore, “house” can also mean “household” or “family” (for the sociological dimension of such “houses,” see Households, Family) or
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
House. The houses of the rural poor in Egypt, as well as in most parts of Syria, Arabia, and Persia, are generally mere huts of mud or sunburnt bricks. In some parts of Palestine and Arabia stone is used, and in certain districts caves in the rocks are used as dwellings. Amos 5:11. The houses are usually
Key passages
Dt 22:8

“When you build a new house then you shall make a parapet wall for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.

Jos 2:15

Then she lowered them with a rope through the window, as her house was on the outer side of the wall, and she was residing in the wall.

2 Ki 4:10–11

let us make a small enclosed room upstairs and put a bed, table, chair, and lampstand there for him, so that when he comes to us, he can turn and stay there. One day it happened that he came there and went to the upper room and lay down there.

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