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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Knife
Knife. Small, hand-held, single- or double-edged cutting instrument, usually made of flint or metal.See Tools.
Penknife
Penknife. Iron tool used to sharpen reed pens, cut papyrus, and carve letters in stone. It is mentioned by name only in Jeremiah 36:23, but referred to elsewhere as a pen or tool of iron (Jb 19:24; Jer 17:1). Another reference may be found in Isaiah 8:1 (kjv “a man’s pen,” rsv “in common characters,”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Knife
Knife[Heb maʾaḵeleṯ—lit an instrument for eating, but the term is used of large knives for slaying animals, cutting up a carcass or a sacrificial victim (Gen. 22:6, 10; Jgs. 19:29; Prov. 30:14); ḥereḇ—‘sword,’ but in Josh. 5:2f it is used of stone knives for circumcision (cf. Ex. 4:25) and of probably
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Knife
KNIFE Small, handheld, single- or double-edged cutting instrument, usually made of flint or metal.
Penknife
PENKNIFE* Iron tool used to sharpen reed pens, cut papyrus, and carve letters in stone. It is mentioned by name only in Jeremiah 36:23 (rsv), but it is referred to elsewhere as a pen or tool of iron (Jb 19:24; Jer 17:1).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Knife
knife. There is some overlap in biblical references to knives and swords, the former being shorter and used more often for everyday purposes than military ones. Still, the account of Joab’s murder of Amasa, where the latter was stabbed as the two men embraced, probably presupposes a knife (or dagger)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Knife
KNIFE. A sharp hand instrument for cutting. Ancient languages give imprecise designations and there is little consistency in the half dozen Heb. words translated “knife,” “sword,” “razor.” The purpose of which the instrument was put and the manner of operation seems more helpful in deciding with which
Penknife
PENKNIFE. A knife (Jer 36:23) used by a scribe in making the writing point on a reed pen.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Knife
KNIFE. The primitive flint knife was current until recent times beside metal forms in the Near East. In the OT it is specified for the *circumcision of Moses’ son and of Israel (Ex. 4:25; Jos. 5:2–3), perhaps for hygienic reasons, the once-used flint being discarded without cost. The Heb. ḥereḇ used
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Knife
KnifeA cutting utensil, rendered by several Hebrew words. Heb. māʾăḵeleṯ (from ʾkl, “to eat”) is a utensil that was used to slay an animal and prepare it for food (Gen. 22:6, 10; Judg. 19:29). This cutting device was large enough to cut through human flesh and dismember the human body. It was thus
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Knife
Knife. †A cutting utensil generally used for domestic purposes. Several Hebrew terms are represented by the English term.Archaeological evidence indicates that the common knife (Heb. mā˓aḵeleṯ) was an instrument 15–25 cm. (6–10 in.) long. Stone knives were used until ca. 3500 B.C., copper
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Knife
Knife.1. The knives of the Egyptians, and of other nations in early times, were probably only of hard stone, and the use of the flint or stone knife was sometimes retained for sacred purposes after the introduction of iron and steel. 2. In their meals the Jews, like other Orientals, made little use
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Knife
KNIFE (Heb. ma˒ăkelet, śakkin, ta˓ar). The knives of the Egyptians, and of other nations in early times, were probably only of hard stone, and the use of the flint or stone knife was sometimes retained for sacred purposes after the introduction of iron and steel. Herodotus (2.86) mentions knives both
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Knife
Knife(1.) Heb. hereb, “the waster,” a sharp instrument for circumcision (Josh. 5:2, 3, lit. “knives of flint;” comp. Ex. 4:25); a razor (Ezek. 5:1); a graving tool (Ex. 20:25); an axe (Ezek. 26:9).(2.) Heb. maakeleth, a large knife for slaughtering and cutting up food (Gen. 22:6, 10; Prov. 30:14).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Knife
Knifeknife, a tool used for cutting or stabbing. A knife was used for a variety of purposes in antiquity. Abraham raised one to carry out the act of sacrificially slaying his son, only to have his hand stayed (Gen. 22:9–14). The knife was used in the ritual slaughter of animals for sacrifice. It was