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Horns of the Altar
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Projections at the four corners of the altar of burnt offering (Exod 27:2; 38:2; Ezek 43:15, 20) and the altar of incense (Exod 30:2; 37:25). These horns were of one piece with the altar and were overlaid with gold or bronze. Certain sacrificial rituals required the horns of the altar to be smeared with the blood of sacrificial animals (e.g., Lev 4:7, 25). Accused criminals seeking sanctuary could cling to the horns of the altar (1 Kgs 1:50–53). Amos prophesied that God would cut off the horns of the altar to punish Israel (Amos 3:14).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Horns of the Altar
Horns of the Altar (קַרְנֹת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ‎, qarnoth hammizbeach). Projections at the four corners of the altar of burnt offering (Exod 27:2; 38:2; Ezek 43:15, 20) and the altar of incense (Exod 30:2; 37:25). These horns were of one piece with the altar and were overlaid with gold or bronze. Certain sacrificial
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Horns of the Altar
Horns of the Altar[Heb qarnōṯ (or qarnôṯ) hammizbē (a)ḥ]. Projections at each of the four corners of the altar of burnt offering (Ex. 27:2; 38:2; Ezk. 43:15) and of the altar of incense (Ex. 30:2f.; 37:25f.). In both cases they were to be of one piece with the altar. Blood was smeared on the horns
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Horn
horn.1 The bony projection from the head of various animals, e.g., of a ram (Gen. 22:13) or of a bull (Ps. 69:31).2 A musical instrument made from a ram’s horn (Heb. shophar); it was used in worship (e.g., 2 Chron. 15:14) as well as in war (e.g., Josh. 6:5, 13).3 The projection at each of the four
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Horns of the Altar
Horns of the AltarHornlike projections that extended upward from the four corners of the altar (Exod. 27; 2; Lev. 4:7; 1 Kgs. 1:50; 2:28; Rev. 9:13). The horn was perhaps a symbolic reminder of the strength, presence, and power of God, perhaps deriving from the bull or the ox, animals known for those
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Horns of the Altar
Horns of the Altar (Heb. qarnôṯ hammizbēaḥ).† Horn-shaped projections at the four corners of the altar of burnt offering (Exod. 27:2; 38:2; Ezek. 42:15) and the altar of incense (Exod. 30:2; 37:25). Overlaid with gold or bronze, they formed one piece with the altar. On special occasions such
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Horns of the Altar, To the
Horns of the Altar (To the). Usque ad aras amicus. Your friend even to the horns of the altar—i.e. through thick and thin. In swearing, the ancient Romans held the horns of the altar, and one who did so in testimony of friendship could not break his oath without calling on himself the vengeance of the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Horns of the Altar
horns of the altar. The four protrusions at the corners of a hewn stone altar, a feature common to the ancient world (Exod. 27:2 et al.). It is clear that the horns of the altar conferred sanctuary to the accused (1 Ki. 1:50).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Horns of the Altar
HORNS OF THE ALTAR (קַרְנֹת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ‎, ḳarenōth ha-mizbēa): These projections at the four corners of the altar of burnt offering were of one piece with the altar, and were made of acacia wood overlaid with brass (Ex 27:2, “bronze”).