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1 KINGS VIL 14. 77 maintain

by Manasseh Ben Israel
1 KINGS VIL 14. 77 maintain that to the first floor the whole of the Temple had 30 cubits, but 120 including the height of the chambers, which is more probable; for in this manner the whole of the Temple would be of uniform height. QUESTION 8. 1 Kings 7: 14. The son of a widow woman 2 Chron. 2: 14. The son of a woman of the of the tribe of Naphthali, his father a man daughters of Dan, and his father a man of Tyre. of Tyre. RECONCILIATION. These texts are easily conciliated. The father was a Hebrew residing at Tyre, and therefore termed a man of Tyre, the same as Obed- Edom, who, although a Levite, is termed a Gittite from residing in Gath. This is in respect to country; but as regards family he was of the tribe of Naphtali, as stated in the first passage ; and being on the mothers side a Danite, it says,  of the daughters of Dan. The ancients then say, the reason mention is here made of the name and trade of the father, is to inculcate a useful lesson to children, which is to incite them always to follow the same trade as their father ; as it would be most advantageous for them, and they would become more experienced masters. The reason it says he was the son of a widow is to give her the praise she deserved ; for, although remaining a widow, she knew how to have her son properly instructed. QUESTION 9. 1 Kings 7: 15. And he cast the pillars of 2 Chron. 8: 15. And he made before the brass of eighteen cubits each. house two pillars of eighteen cubits long. RECONCILIATION. These two columns were cast of brass, in one piece of thirty- five cubits in length. It says in Chronicles, this piece of brass, being cut into two equal, lengths, formed the two columns, which, consequently, were each of seventeen and a half, which is the eighteen mentioned in Kings ; therefore it says in the singular the height of each column, but in Chronicles it is in the plural  pillars. The half, then, deficient in the account was a part of the height of the capital, which is termed כותרת , from כתר a crown, according to K. David Kimchi; or of the lily work that was at the top of these pillars, called פרח שושן , flower of lily. Or it may be said, the round number of eighteen is stated instead of seven-teen and a half. QUESTION 10. 1 Kings 7: 16. The height of the one capital 2 Kings 25: 17. And the * eight of the was five cubits. capital, three cubits. RECONCILIATION. The ancients who solve this doubt say, that these capitals, worked with net Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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1 KINGS VIL 14. 77 maintain that to the first floor the whole of the Temple had 30 cubits, but 120 including the height of the chambers, which is more probable; for in this manner the whole of the Temple would be of uniform height. QUESTION 8. 1 Kings 7: 14. The son of a widow woman 2 Chron. 2: 14. The son of a woman of the of the tribe of Naphthali, his father a man daughters of Dan, and his father a man of Tyre. of Tyre. RECONCILIATION. These texts are easily conciliated. The father was a Hebrew residing at Tyre, and therefore termed a man of Tyre, the same as Obed- Edom, who, although a Levite, is termed a Gittite from residing in Gath. This is in respect to country; but as regards family he was of the tribe of Naphtali, as stated in the first passage ; and being on the mothers side a Danite, it says, \\" of the daughters of Dan.\\" The ancients then say, the reason mention is here made of the name and trade of the father, is to inculcate a useful lesson to children, which is to incite them always to follow the same trade as their father ; as it would be most advantageous for them, and they would become more experienced masters. The reason it says he was the son of a widow is to give her the praise she deserved ; for, although remaining a widow, she knew how to have her son properly instructed. QUESTION 9. 1 Kings 7: 15. And he cast the pillars of 2 Chron. 8: 15. And he made before the brass of eighteen cubits each. house two pillars of eighteen cubits long. RECONCILIATION. These two columns were cast of brass, in one piece of thirty- five cubits in length. It says in Chronicles, this piece of brass, being cut into two equal, lengths, formed the two columns, which, consequently, were each of seventeen and a half, which is the eighteen mentioned in Kings ; therefore it says in the singular the height of each column, but in Chronicles it is in the plural \\" pillars.\\" The half, then, deficient in the account was a part of the height of the capital, which is termed כותרת , from כתר a crown, according to K. David Kimchi; or of the lily work that was at the top of these pillars, called פרח שושן , flower of lily. Or it may be said, the round number of eighteen is stated instead of seven-teen and a half. QUESTION 10. 1 Kings 7: 16. The height of the one capital 2 Kings 25: 17. And the * eight of the was five cubits. capital, three cubits. RECONCILIATION. The ancients who solve this doubt say, that these capitals, worked with net << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index
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