The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Tools Stone, metal, or wood implements that aided daily life and economic production in the ancient world.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Tools. Implement used for virtually any purpose. The earliest tools were not fashioned by man but were sharp pieces of flint, antler, or bone used as they were found. Because of the relative ease with which round flakes could be broken off a flint by striking one piece sharply against another, man discovered
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tools Tools are implements used for various kinds of commercial, industrial, craft, or agricultural pursuits. In the ancient Near East tools were made of stone or of metals, e.g., Iron, Copper, and Bronze. The earliest Palestinian tools dated from prehistoric times, with implements such as worked flint
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
tools, implements used by humans for crafting something. Use of this generic term in the Bible is sparse; writers prefer to designate specific tools, such as ax, pick, or saw (1 Chron. 20:3). According to Gen. 4:22, Tubal-cain (the son of Lamech and Zillah) was remembered as the first person to make
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
TOOL. The two words rendered “tool” in the Bible are very general. The first (Heb. ḥereb) in Ex 20:25 refers to any cutting instrument and is the ordinary word for “sword.” The second (Heb. klı̂) is even more general and might be translated “thing.” In 1 Kgs 6:7 it means any kind of tool for building.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
TOOLS Numerous tools are mentioned in the Bible and still more have been found in archaeological excavations or seen in wall paintings and reliefs in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the other countries of the ancient Near East.tools of the smith Some tools, and some of the processes by which metal was worked,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Toolstools, implements used by humans in crafting something. Use of this generic term in the Bible is sparse, writers preferring to designate specific tools, such as ax, pick, or saw (1 Chron. 20:3).In Exod. 20:25 the use of tools on the stones for the altar to be built for the worship of God was
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Tools of the Bible
TOOLS OF THE BIBLE — Tools in Bible times were used to form, shape, cut, measure, move, or fasten materials. Various types of knives, saws, hammers, drills, and other tools were common in the ancient world.In the earliest times—long before Abraham—people used stone tools fixed to wooden handles. Many
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
TOOLS<toolz>: In the Bible, references to the handicrafts are almost entirely incidental, and not many tools are named. The following article aims to give a list of those mentioned, together with those that must have existed also. For detailed description and the Hebrew and Greek terms employed, see
Compton’s Encyclopedia
toolsThe story of the development of tools is the record of man’s slow, constant effort to help himself. It began perhaps a million years ago when man learned to walk erect. His hands were then free to grasp objects of wood and stone. He used these to kill animals for food, and they became the first
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Tool, an instrument of manual labor (Ex. 20:25; 32:4; Deut. 27:5; 1 Kings 6:7). See Axe, Hammer, Knife, Saw.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
TOOLS Implements or instruments used with the hands for agricultural, construction, commercial, or craft purposes. In the earliest periods tools were made of stone, especially flint. An effective cutting surface was achieved by chipping off flakes along the edge of the shaped stone. The first metal tools
Key passages
2 Sa 12:31

He also brought out the people who were in it and put them to the saws and to the iron picks and to the iron axes, and he sent them to the place of the brickmakers. Thus he used to do to all the cities of the Ammonites, and he and all of the army returned to Jerusalem.

2 Ki 6:5–6

It happened as the one was felling the log, that the iron ax fell into the water. He called out and said, “Oh, no! My master, it was borrowed!” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” So he showed him the place, and then he cut off a stick and threw it there and made the iron ax float. …

1 Ch 20:3

And the people who were in it he brought out, and he set them to work with saws and iron implements and axes. Thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David returned to Jerusalem, and all the nation with him.

Is 10:15

Does the ax boast against the one who cuts with it, or the saw magnify itself against the one who moves it to and fro? As if a rod should move the one who lifts it! As if a staff should lift up that which is not wood!