battlement

battlement

Often called “parapet,” probably a guardrail on a roof. According to (Deut 22:8) persons who owned a house without a guardrail were criminally negligent if someone fell from their roof. Fortified areas, including towers, on the walls of cities were also called battlements, and they were depicted in some of the artwork from the ancient Near East.

Deut 22:8

8When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof; otherwise you might have bloodguilt on your house, if anyone should fall from it.

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