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Holman Bible Dictionary
(nih huhssh' tan) Name of a “brazen serpent” destroyed by King Hezekiah as part of an attempt to reform Judah's life and worship (2 Kings 18:4
). The object was believed to be the one Moses fashioned to relieve a plague in the Israelite camp during the Exodus (Numbers 21:8-9
). The word Nehushtan
probably is a play on words in the Hebrew, the word for bronze being very similar. Nehushtan probably was a serpentine nature god worshiped in connection with the Canaanite cults. King Jehoiachin's mother was Nehushta ( 2 Kings 24:8
) probably in honor of this foreign deity. See Bronze Serpent
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nehushtan'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/n/nehushtan.html. 1991.