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Tent
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tent
Tent [Heb. ʾōhel, also miškān—‘dwelling’ (Cant. 1:8), dōq (Isa. 40:22), yerîʿâ (1 Ch. 17:1; Ps. 104:2), vbs ʾāhal (“move [one’s] tent,” Gen. 13:12, 18; piel, “pitch [one’s] tent,” Isa. 13:20), ḥānâ (“pitch [one’s] tent,” Nu. 1:52); Gk. skēné̄ (Ac 7:43f.; He. 8:2, 5; etc.), ské̄nos (2
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Tent
tent, a portable shelter made of cloth or skins, used by shepherds (Isa. 38:12), nomads, and soldiers. In Israel’s experience it covered a shrine (2 Sam. 7:2) and served as storage space (1 Sam. 17:54, armor; 1 Kings 8:4, holy vessels), but it was primarily used as living quarters (Gen. 4:20, 25:27;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Tent
TENT. The tent (Heb. ˒ōhel, Gr. skēnē) was the characteristic dwelling of the keepers of cattle, the nomad races, of whom Jabal was the father (Gen 4:20). The pastoral tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for the most part retained the tent life E of Jordan (Josh 22:4–8). Jacob was
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Tent
TENT. A collapsible structure of cloth or skins supported on poles, and often held firm by cords stretched from the poles to pegs or stakes fixed in the ground all round. Compare Is. 54:2, which mentions the curtains, cords, stakes or tent-pegs (but not the poles); the tent-cloth was often dark in colour
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Tent
Tent (Heb. ˓ōhel; Gk. skēnḗ).† A cloth dwelling used by nomads and transhumants, as well as soldiers and caravaneers. The fabric was woven of goat hair (usually black; cf. Cant. 1:5) and was supported by three or more rows of poles and fastened to ropes tied to wooden stakes (cf. Judg.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Tent
Tent. Among the leading characteristics of the nomad races, those two have always been numbered whose origin has been ascribed to Jabal the son of Lamech, Gen. 4:20, viz., to be tent-dwellers and keepers of cattle. The same may be said of the forefathers of the Hebrew race; nor was it until the return
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Tent
TENT (Heb. usually ˒ōhel; Gk. skēnē). A movable habitation made of curtains extended upon poles. The patriarchs of the Israelites, whose fathers and kindred already possessed fixed houses in Mesopotamia, dwelled in tents because they lived in Canaan only as pilgrims. The Israelites did not dwell in
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Tent
Tent(1.) Heb. ‘ohel (Gen. 9:21, 27). This word is used also of a dwelling or habitation (1 Kings 8:66; Isa. 16:5; Jer. 4:20), and of the temple (Ezek. 41:1). When used of the tabernacle, as in 1 Kings 1:39, it denotes the covering of goat’s hair which was placed over the mishcan.(2.) Heb. mishcan (Cant.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Tent
Tenttent, a portable shelter made of cloth or skins, used by shepherds (Isa. 38:12), nomads, and soldiers. In Israel’s experience it covered a shrine (2 Sam. 7:2) and served as storage space (1 Sam. 17:54, armor; 1 Kings 8:4, holy vessels), but it was primarily used as living quarters (Gen. 4:20, 25:27;
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Tent
TENT — a temporary shelter made of cloth, supported usually by poles and ropes. In biblical times tents were frequently made of a cloth woven out of black goat’s hair. The cloth was woven on a loom in long strips, which were then sewn together until the desired length was reached. Poles and rope held
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Tent
TentThe patriarchs and their households were nomadic and lived in tents (Gen 12:8; 26:25; 31:25; Heb 11:7), as did all the people of God during the journey to the Promised Land (Ex 13:20; 15:27; 19:1). This period left an indelible impression on the Israelites (Ex 32:21ff.), and the words “To your tents,
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