Religious Objects
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
forks, implements used by priests for sacrifices (Num. 4:14; 1 Sam. 2:13–14, which speak of them as having three prongs). Those in use at the Jerusalem temple were made of gold (1 Chron. 28:17) and bronze (2 Chron. 4:16).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Flesh Hook
FLESH HOOK. The directions given Moses for the altar of burnt offerings included the “flesh hooks” (Ex 27:3), which were to be made of bronze in the tabernacle and gold in the temple (1 Chr 28:17). (1 Sam 2:13) describes the flesh hooks as having three teeth and being used by the priest to take up his
FORK. Literally, a three-pronged fork, an agricultural tool on the order of a pitchfork, used once in KJV in an obscure passage (1 Sam 13:21). ASV translates mizrek as “fork” (Isa 30:24; KJV, “fan”), while RSV renders mazlēg (1 Sam 2:13–14); and mizlāgâ (Ex 27:3; 38:3; Num 4:14; 1 Chr 28:17; 2 Chr
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
FLESH-HOOK (av; esv ‘fork’). A bronze implement associated like others with the altar of burnt offering at the tabernacle (Ex. 27:3; 38:3; Nu. 4:14) and Solomon’s Temple (1 Ch. 28:17; 2 Ch. 4:16). Seen in use at Shiloh (1 Sa. 2:13–14) as a three-pronged fork.K. A. Kitchen.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ForkA three-pronged utensil (Heb. mazlēg̱) used by priests to remove their portions of sacrifices (1 Sam. 2:13–14). A similar instrument (mizlāg̱â) made of gold or polished bronze (1 Chr. 28:17; 2 Chr. 4:16) was used in sacrifices on the altar in the tabernacle and temple (e.g., Exod. 27:3; 38:3;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fork. The Bible contains no references to forks as eating utensils, perhaps meaning that bread and meat were eaten by hand in Palestine and the ancient Near East. A three-pronged fork (Heb. mazlēg̱; KJV “fleshhook”) was used by the priests to remove their portions of sacrifices (1 Sam. 2:13–14);
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FLESHHOOK (Heb. mizlāgâ; Ex. 27:3; 38:3; Num. 4:14; 1 Chron. 28:17; 2 Chron. 4:16). An instrument used in sacrificial services; probably a fork (which see; so NASB and NIV), with its tines bent back to draw away the flesh. The implement in 1 Sam. 2:13–14 (Heb. mazlēg) is stated to be three-pronged
FORK. The translation of one Gk. and several Heb. terms.1. Gk. ptuon (Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17) and Heb. mizreh (Isa. 30:24; Jer. 15:7), a winnowing fork (which see), given in the KJV as a “winnowing fan.”2. Heb. mazlēg (1 Sam. 2:13–14), a fleshhook (so KJV; which see) for taking joints of meat out of
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Flesh-hooka many-pronged fork used in the sacrificial services (1 Sam. 2:13, 14; Ex. 27:3; 38:3) by the priest in drawing away the flesh. The fat of the sacrifice, together with the breast and shoulder (Lev. 7:29–34), were presented by the worshipper to the priest. The fat was burned on the alter (3:3–5),
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fleshhooksfleshhooks, forklike implements used by priests for sacrifices (Num. 4:14; 1 Sam. 2:13–14, which speaks of their having three prongs), now usually translated ‘forks.’ Those in use at the Jerusalem Temple were made of gold (1 Chron. 28:17) and bronze (2 Chron. 4:16).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Flesh Hook
FLESH HOOK - an implement with three prongs used by the sons of Eli to handle meat provided for sacrifices in the tabernacle (1 Sam. 2:13, 14). The KJV also uses this word for an implement used in the Temple (Ex. 27:3; Num. 4:14; fork, NKJV; NIV). Both these tools were probably a three-pronged fork.
FORK - a three-pronged pitchfork, a farm tool used as a weapon by Saul’s ill-equipped army (1 Sam. 13:21). Special forks of bronze and gold were also used by the priests to handle animal sacrifices in the tabernacle and Temple (Ex. 27:3; 1 Chr. 28:17; fleshhooks, KJV).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FLESH-HOOK<flesh’-hook> ([מַזְלֵג‎, mazlegh], and plural [מִזְלָגוֹת‎, mizlaghoth]): One of the implements used around the sacrificial altar. According to Divine direction given to Moses (Ex 27:3; 38:3), it was to be made of brass, but later David felt impelled by “the Spirit” or “in his spirit”
FORK<fork> ([שְׁלשׁ קִלְּשׁוֹן‎, shelosh qilleshon]): This compound word, meaning strictly “three points” or “three prongs,” is found only once (1 Sam 13:21), and doubtless there refers to the agricultural tool now known as the pitchfork. It might, however, also be a weapon.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Flesh Hook
FLESH HOOK Large fork used for handling large pieces of meat, especially at the sacrificial altar. Those in the tabernacle were of brass (Exod. 27:3; 38:3), those in the temple of bronze (2 Chron. 4:16) or gold (1 Chron. 28:17).
FORK Two types of forks (pronged implements) are mentioned in Scripture: an implement used in the sacrificial cult and a farm tool used to winnow grain. See Fan; Flesh Hook; Winnowing.