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Watchtower
Tower • Watch-tower • Watch-towers
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Watchtower
Watchtower. Platform from which farmers protected their land and livestock and soldiers guarded their cities. Watchtowers were built in the vineyards of Palestine. From the tower the watchman was assigned to oversee the vineyard, protecting it from wild animals and thieves (Is 5:2; Mt 21:33; Mk 12:1).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Watchtower
Watchtower [Heb. mig̱dal (2 K. 17:9; 18:8; Isa. 5:2), miṣpeh (2 Ch. 20:24; Isa. 21:8), baḥan (Isa. 32:14); Gk. skopḗ (Sir. 37:14)]; AV also (HIGH) TOWER; NEB Apoc. TOWER. A Tower on which a Watchman can stand in order to gain a better view of the surrounding countryside. Many stone watchtowers have
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Watchtower
WATCHTOWER Platform from which farmers protected their land and livestock and from which soldiers guarded their cities. Watchtowers were built in the vineyards of Palestine. From the tower the watchman was assigned to oversee the vineyard, protecting it from wild animals and thieves (Is 5:2; Mt 21:33;
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Watchtower
watchtower, a high fortified tower located either within a town (Judg. 9:51; 2 Chron. 26:9) or elsewhere (2 Chron. 26:10), presumably at a strategic location. The obvious purpose was military: it was either a position to defend or a location from which to assess enemy troop movements. When erected in
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Watchman, Watch-Towers
WATCHMAN, WATCH-TOWERS. Watchman is in Heb. ṣōp̱eh and šōmēr, in Gk. phylax and tērōn; watch-tower is in Heb. miṣpâ, Israelites observed miḡdāl and baḥan. Watch-towers were used for two different purposes in biblical times: (1) Towers were built from the earliest times (cf. Gn. 35:21) in
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Watchtower
Watchtowerwatchtower, a high fortified tower located either within a town (Judg. 9:51; 2 Chron. 26:9) or elsewhere (2 Chron. 26:10), presumably at a strategic location. The obvious purpose was military: it was either a position to defend or a location from which to assess enemy troop movements. When
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Watchtower
WATCHTOWER — an observation tower upon which a guard or lookout was stationed to keep watch; an elevated structure offering an extensive view (2 Kin. 17:9; 18:8; Is. 21:8). Also see Tower.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
WATCH-TOWER
WATCH-TOWER<woch’-tou-er> (מִצְפֶּה[mitspeh] (Isa 21:8; 2 Ch 20:24); בַּחַן[bachan] (Isa 32:14 the Revised Version (British and American))): In Isa 2:16 the words [sekhiyoth ha-chemdah] have puzzled the translators. the King James Version gives “pleasant pictures,” the Revised Version (British
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Watchtower
WATCHTOWER Tower on a high place or built high enough to afford a person the ability to see for some distance. The person doing the watching might be a soldier or a servant (2 Kings 9:17; Isa. 5:2; Mark 12:1). See Tower.An ancient watchtower remains relatively unchanged in an open field in Israel.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Watch-Tower
WATCH-TOWER, woch′tou-ēr (מִצְפֶּה‎, miçpeh [Isa 21:8; 2 Ch 20:24]; בַּחַן‎, baḥan [Isa 32:14 RV]): In Isa 2:16 the words sekhīyōth ha-hemdāh have puzzled the translators. AV gives “pleasant pictures,” RV “pleasant imagery,” while RVm has “pleasant watchtowers.” Guthe in Kautzsch’s Bible translates
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
WATCHTOWER
WATCHTOWER [בַּחַןbakhan, מִגְדָּלmighdal, מִצְפֶּהmitspeh; πύργος pyrgos, σκωπή skōpē]. A tall stone or brick structure built as a lookout post and fortification. Farmers built watchtowers in their fields so that the owners or workmen could guard their crops from looters or animals (Isa 5:2; Matt
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