an artificer in stone. The Tyrians seem to have been specially skilled in architecture ( 1 Kings 5:17 1 Kings 5:18 ; 2 Sam 5:11 ). This art the Hebrews no doubt learned in Egypt ( Exodus 1:11 Exodus 1:14 ), where ruins of temples and palaces fill the traveller with wonder at the present day.
The translation of 4 Hebrew words:
(1) charash 'ebhen, "graver of stone" (2 Samuel 5:11);
Lebanon still supplies the greater number of skilled masons to Palestine and Syria (see 2 Samuel 5:11), those of Shweir being in special repute.
See CRAFTS, II, 8; also ARCHITECTURE; BUILDING; GEBAL; HOUSE.
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