Brick. [N]

( Genesis 11:3 ) The brick in use among the Jews were much larger than with us, being usually from 12 to 13 inches square and 3 1/2 inches thick; they thus possess more of the character of tiles. ( Ezekiel 4:1 ) The Israelites, in common with other captives, were employed by the Egyptian monarchs in making bricks and in building. ( Exodus 1:14 ; 5:7 ) Egyptian bricks were not generally dried in kilns, but in the sun. That brick-kilns were known is evident from ( 2 Samuel 12:31 ; Jeremiah 43:9 ) When made of the Nile mud they required straw to prevent cracking. [See STRAW]

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Brick'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.
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