Sources of construction stone, whether cut from the sides of outcrops or dug from beneath soil layers. The labor involved was immense (1Kgs 5:13-18
) for large projects, and sometimes proverbially dangerous (Eccl 10:9
). In prosperous times the products were commercially available (2Kgs 12:12
; 2Kgs 22:6
; 2Chr 34:11
). Finishing the product was sometimes done at the quarry site (1Kgs 6:7
), whether for economic, religious, or aesthetic reasons, and the labor could be under royal project command as well (2Chr 2:2
; 2Chr 2:18
13King Solomon conscripted forced labor out of all Israel; the levy numbered thirty thousand men.14He sent them to the Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts; ... View more
9Whoever quarries stones will be hurt by them;
and whoever splits logs will be endangered by them.
12to the masons and the stonecutters, as well as to buy timber and quarried stone for making repairs on the house of the Lord, as well as for any outlay for rep ... View more
6that is, to the carpenters, to the builders, to the masons; and let them use it to buy timber and quarried stone to repair the house.
11They gave it to the carpenters and the builders to buy quarried stone, and timber for binders, and beams for the buildings that the kings of Judah had let go ... View more
7The house was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple while it was being built.
2 Solomon conscripted seventy thousand laborers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hill country, with three thousand six hundred to oversee them.
18Seventy thousand of them he assigned as laborers, eighty thousand as stonecutters in the hill country, and three thousand six hundred as overseers to make the ... View more