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Threshing Floor
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A level outdoor area used for threshing sheaves of grain. Threshing floors were often located on the top of a rock or on a hilltop. Sheaves were laid out and either beaten with a flail or threshed by oxen dragging a heavy object over them (Isa 28:27). Together with the winepress, the threshing floor was of great value and central to harvest celebrations (Deut 15:14; 16:13; 2 Kgs 6:27; Hos 9:2; Deut 16:13–15). The threshing floor is the setting for a significant part of the Ruth story (Ruth 3:3–6, 14). Threshing commonly represents divine judgment (Isa 21:10; 27:12; Jer 51:33; Hos 13:3; Mic 4:12–13; Matt 3:12).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Threshing Floor
Threshing Floor (גֹּרֶן‎, goren;). A level outdoor area used for threshing sheaves of grain. Threshing floors were often located on the top of a rock or on a hilltop. Sheaves were laid out and either beaten with a flail or threshed by oxen dragging a heavy object over them (Isa 28:27). Together with the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Threshing Floor
THRESHING FLOOR. A good hard floor (Heb. goren) was essential to efficient threshing. Circular in form and c. 50 feet in diameter, it was best to have a slightly raised center to allow moisture to drain off. The surface could either be hard beaten earth (Jer 51:33) or be paved with hard stones. David
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Threshing Floor
Threshing FloorThe site where harvested grain (barley or wheat) is spread out to dry so the seed kernels can be separated from the chaff. This separation can be accomplished by beating the stalks of grain with a flail, but it most typically involves the use of a threshing sledge. This sledge, made of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Threshing Floor
Threshing Floor (Heb. gōren; Aram. ˒iddar; Gk. hálōn).† A flat outdoor area used for threshing grain Threshing floors were set on hilltops so that they were exposed to the wind that blew away chaff (cf. Dan. 2:35) in a threshing process that has survived to modern times in parts of the world.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Threshing Floor
THRESHING FLOOR (Heb. gōren, “even”). A level and hard-beaten plot in the open air (Judg. 6:37; 2 Sam. 6:6), on which sheaves of grain were threshed (Isa. 21:10; Jer. 51:33; Mic. 4:12; Matt. 3:12). The top of a rock was a favorite spot for this purpose; on this the sheaves were spread out and sometimes
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Threshing Floor
THRESHING FLOOR — a flat surface prepared for the threshing of grain. The threshing floor was usually located at the edge of a village, frequently on a large flat rock outcropping. When no flat rock was available, the threshing floor would be prepared by leveling the ground and pounding the earth to
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Threshing, Threshing Floor
Threshing, Threshing FloorThreshing was an essential step in the yearly grain harvest. After the cereals had been cut, it was necessary to separate out the kernels before they could be ground into flour. This could be done by hand by simply beating them out of the stalks using flails (Ruth 2:17). Large
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CORNFLOOR
CORNFLOOR<korn’-flor> ([גֹּרֶן דָּגָן‎, goren daghan]): “Thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor” (Hosea 9:1 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) “hire upon every grainfloor”). Israel had deserted Yahweh for supposed material benefits and regarded bounteous crops
THRESHING-FLOOR
THRESHING-FLOOR<thresh’-ing-flor> (גֹּרֶן‎ [goren]; [ἅλων, halon]; אִדַּר‎ [’iddar], occurs in Dan 2:35): The location and method of making threshing-floors have already been described under AGRICULTURE. These floors have come into prominence because of the Biblical events which occurred on or
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Nachon’s Threshing Floor
Naʹchon’s Threshing-Floor, the place at which the ark had arrived in the progress from Kirjath-jearim to Jerusalem, when Uzziah lost his life in his too hasty zeal for its safety (2 Sam. 6:6, 7).