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Stone
Stones
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Stone
Stone [primarily Heb. ʾeḇen; Gk. líthos]. The many biblical references to stone reflect both the importance and the accessibility of stone in Palestine and in the ancient Near East in general (see, e.g., 1 K. 10:27; 2 Ch. 1:15; see also Palestine III). Its primary use, of course, was for building:
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Stone
stone. The main varieties of stone found in the Levant are limestone, sandstone, and the volcanically produced and very hard basalt. These provided for everyday construction needs. Precious and semiprecious stones, however, were frequently imported from various supply points (e.g., turquoise from the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Stone
STONE. The chief biblical words are Heb. ˒eben and Gr. lithos. For the various kinds of stone, see Minerals and Metals. Stones had a great variety of uses throughout the ancient Near East. In its natural state, or only slightly shaped, a stone could serve as a pillow (Gen 28:18) or a seat (Ex 17:12),
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Stone
STONE. The chief biblical words are Heb. ’eḇen and Gk. lithos and akrogōniaios (‘cornerstone’).The common word ‘stone’ is used in the Bible with a variety of reference. Small stones made a convenient weapon (1 Sa. 17:40), were a means of attack and even execution (Nu. 35:17; cf. Jn. 8:59; Acts 7:58f.),
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Stone
STONE אבןI. The word ʾbn occurs in all Semitic languages, except Classical Arabic (Cohen 1970). It denotes natural stone. Veneration of stones occurs in all religions of the ancient world and is in fact attested in the Near East up to present times. According to the transmitted text of Gen 49:24 ‘Stone’ (ʾbn)
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Stone, Cornerstone
Stone, Cornerstone“Stone” and “cornerstone” represent several words and phrases in the original Greek. The idea and associations of stone are thoroughly exploited in the NT, owing to the fact that they lend themselves readily to various metaphorical usages to set forth such functions of Christ as his
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Stones
Stones. Besides the ordinary uses to which stones were applied, we may mention that large stones were set up to commemorate any remarkable event. Gen. 28:18; 35:14; 31:45; Josh. 4:9; 1 Sam. 7:12. Such stones were occasionally consecrated by anointing. Gen. 28:18. Heaps of stones were piled up on various
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Stone
StoneStones were commonly used for buildings, also as memorials of important events (Gen. 28:18; Josh. 24:26, 27; 1 Sam. 7:12, etc.). They were gathered out of cultivated fields (Isa. 5:2; comp. 2 Kings 3:19). This word is also used figuratively of believers (1 Pet. 2:4, 5), and of the Messiah (Ps.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Stone
Stonestone, any of a large variety of hardened natural inorganic, often mineral, substances. Occurring frequently in Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, largely absent in Mesopotamia, and available only up the Nile in ancient Egypt, stone forms the most stable construction material provided in nature. Found
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Stone
STONE — a hardened, granite-like mass formed from soil, clay, and minerals. The soil of Palestine was rough and rocky. The most common stones were limestone (Is. 27:9) and flint. Because wood was scarce, city walls, houses (Lev. 14:45; Amos 5:11), palaces (1 Kin. 7:1, 9), temples (1 Kin. 6:7), courtyards,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Stone
StoneNothing could be more lifeless than a stone. Selected and displayed in a prominent place, however, a stone can bear a message and almost become personified. Thus Joshua’s stone at Shechem “heard all the words of the Lord; … therefore it shall be a witness against you, if you deal falsely with your