An alloy of copper and tin. The Middle Bronze Age (2000–1500 BCE) saw the replacement of copper by bronze in the production of metal weapons, tools, jewelry, and vessels, since bronze was harder than copper, which had been used earlier. Because of its qualities, bronze was used not only for weapons of war but also for decorations, since it could be burnished to a bright, smooth surface. Both qualities, hardness and brightness, are reflected in the many biblical references to bronze, both literal (Job 20:24; Exod 25-38; 1Kgs 7) and figurative (Job 40:18; Rev 1:15).

Job 20:24

24They will flee from an iron weapon;
a bronze arrow will strike them through.

Exod 25-38

Offerings for the Tabernacle
1The Lord said to Moses:2Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receiv ... View more

1Kgs 7

Solomon's Palace and Other Buildings
1Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.2He built the House of the Forest of t ... View more

Job 40:18

18Its bones are tubes of bronze,
its limbs like bars of iron.

Rev 1:15

15his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters.

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