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Housetop • Roofs
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
roofs. In the biblical world, the roof of a building served to give shade, to keep out rain or other foul weather, and to support a variety of activities carried out on rooftops, from sleeping to storage to sounding alarms. Simple roof construction usually consisted of a horizontal bed of branches or
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HOUSETOP. The flat roof of a house where the family could find rest in the cool of evening, or where various activities might take place, as drying of flax (Josh 2:6) and prayer (Acts 10:9). The surface was usually a marly clay. It was kept in water-shedding condition between rains by rolling with stone
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
RoofIn biblical times, roofs were usually flat and used for many domestic activities. Roofs were built upon lintels and beams made of wood or stone; wooden poles were placed across these supports and then covered with mud and other organic materials. Roof-rollers are known in the Middle East today,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Roof (Heb. gāg̱, qôrâ; Gk. stégē). In biblical times the roof of a house was normally part of the house’s living space. One might sleep on the roof (1 Sam. 9:25), engage in mourning (Isa. 15:3; Jer. 48:38), offer sacrifices and other forms of worship (19:13; Zeph. 1:5), or build a guest room
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Roofsroofs, the usually horizontal but sometimes angled constructions covering rooms or buildings. Roofs appear in literal and figurative senses in biblical texts. As the covering of a building, a roof served primarily to give shade, to keep out rain or other foul weather, and to support a variety
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ROOF — the top of a house. The roof of a typical house in Palestine usually was flat and often was used as a sitting area. The roof was used as a place both to relax and to observe the surrounding area (2 Sam. 11:2). The phrase, “under my roof,” suggested hospitality. Thus, when the centurion whose servant
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
roof. The top of a house or other building, accessible by outside stairs. Occasionally pitched roofs were used, but most were flat, usually formed of clay packed with stone rollers, supported by mats of rushes or branches across wood beams or palm tree trunks. In Babylonia and Egypt mud brick arches
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ROOF [גָּגgagh, קוֹרָהqorah; δῶμα dōma, στέγη stegē]. The roof of an ancient house was often flat and made of mud, clay, and/or straw. The roof of a temporary shelter roof might be made of reeds or rushes. Permanent, open, flat rooftops provided cool places of rest. Peter was waiting for his meal