Battlement [S]

a parapet wall or balustrade surrounding the flat roofs of the houses, required to be built by a special law ( Deuteronomy 22:8 ). In Jeremiah 5:10 , it denotes the parapet of a city wall.

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Battlement". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .


Retaining wall.

When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a BATTLEMENT for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence. ( Deuteronomy 22:8 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Battlement'". A King James Dictionary.

Battlement. [E]

Among the Jews a battlement was required by law to be built upon every house. It consisted of a low wall built around the roofs of the houses to prevent persons from falling off, and sometimes serving as a partition from another building. ( 22:8 ; Jeremiah 5:10 ) [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

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