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Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("brazen"). 2 Kings 18:4, "a piece of brass." The contemptuous name (so the Septuagint, Vulgate, etc.) given to the brazen serpent when Hezekiah broke it in pieces because it was made an idol of, Israel burning incense to it because of its original use in the typical miracle (Numbers 21:8-9; John 3:14). The Targum of Jonathan, the Peshito Syriac, and Buxtorf less forcibly make Nehushtan the name by which the brass serpent had been generally known. A prescient protest against relic worship.
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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Nehushtan'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/n/nehushtan.html. 1949.