metals

metals

Malleable materials of varying degrees of strength, hardness, and value. Biblical references to metals are frequent, but allusive. Tubal-cain (Gen 4:22) is known as a metalsmith. Palestine is described as “a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper” (Deut 8:9; Ezra 1:9-11). (Judg 17:3-4); Judg 18:14-18) use the expression “cast metal” in reference to an idol, and (Hab 2:18) contains a similar reference to “cast” (NRSV; cf. RSV “metal”), also describing an idol made with human hands.

Gen 4:22

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Deut 8:9

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Ezra 1:9-11

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Judg 17:3-4

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Judg 18:14-18

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Hab 2:18

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