Buildings and structures
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Key[Heb map̱tē (a)ḥ; Gk. kleís]. In Mt. 16:19 the expression “keys of the kingdom” is employed to denote the authority committed by Jesus Christ to His disciples (cf. Mt. 18:18; Jn. 20:22f.). In the book of Revelation He is depicted as holding “the key of David” and “the keys of hell and of death” (Rev.
Locks and Keys
Locks and KeysDevices for securing gates or doors. The earliest lock was a wooden bar or beam that fitted into sockets in the posts of the door or gate. Later clamps were added to the leaves of the gate so that the bar, clamps, and sockets formed a firm unit. Such a lock, of course, could not be opened
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
key. In the Bible, a key is often a symbol of a servant’s authority over the master’s household; the one who holds the key has access to the master’s property and presence (cf. Judg. 3:25). Thus, God promises to raise up a new servant within Israel and to give him the “key of the house of David,” so
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
KEY. The instrument for raising the pins of a bolt to open a door (Jdg 3:25, the only literal use of the word in the Bible). The simplest key was short piece of wood with projecting pins. The pins fitted a corresponding pattern of slots in a bolt which dropped down into a bar to prevent its movement.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
KEY (Heb. map̱tēaḥ, ‘opener’; Gk. kleis, ‘key’). In its literal sense the word is found only in Jdg. 3:25; the key was ‘a flat piece of wood furnished with pins corresponding to holes in a hollow bolt. The bolt was on the inside, shot into a socket in the doorpost and fastened by pins which fell into
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Keys And Locks
KEYS AND LOCKS There is evidence that houses were locked in some way in biblical times (cf. S. of S. 5:5; Neh. 3:3), but nowhere in Palestine have keys or locks of the period been found. On the other hand there are numerous examples from the Hellenistic period and even more from the Roman period. In
Catholic Bible Dictionary
KEY Mentioned in its literal sense in the Old Testament only in Judg 3:25 (cf. 1 Chr 9:27). Far more commonly, a “key” or “keys” are a symbol of power and authority (Isa 22:22, where the “key” may be a literal key, but is also a symbol of authority). In the New Testament, the key serves a similar purpose.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Key. The key of a native Oriental lock is a piece of wood, from seven inches to two feet in length, fitted with wires or short nails, which, being inserted laterally into the hollow bolt which serves as a lock, raises other pins within the staple so as to allow the bolt to be drawn back. (Keys were sometimes
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Keyfrequently mentioned in Scripture. It is called in Hebrew maphteah, i.e., the opener (Judg. 3:25); and in the Greek New Testament kleis, from its use in shutting (Matt. 16:19; Luke 11:52; Rev. 1:18, etc.). Figures of ancient Egyptian keys are frequently found on the monuments, also of Assyrian locks
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Keykey, a device to open a lock. In the Bible it is often a symbol of the steward’s authority over his master’s household and of who gains entry to his master’s presence. In the ot, God promises to raise up a new ‘steward’ over Israel and to give him the ‘key of the house of David’ so that what he
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
KEY — the tool that releases a lock (Judg. 3:25). The key is also spoken of symbolically in the Bible as a sign of authority. The prophet Isaiah described a time when Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, would be elevated as the king’s steward (2 Kin. 18:18). The prophet declared that he would be given “the key
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
KeysKeys as actual physical objects appear only rarely in Scripture, yet metaphorically they form an important connecting motif that runs between the OT and NT. As a motif, keys have long been recognized as symbols of power and authority, yet the image has more subtle overtones as well. Keys symbolize