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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Tile, Tiling

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TILE, TILING . The former occurs only in Ezekiel 4:1 for ‘brick’ the usual rendering of the original. For plans of a city drawn on ‘bricks’ or ‘tablets’ of soft clay, which were afterwards baked hard, see ‘Ezekiel,’ in SBOT [Note: BOT Sacred Books of Old Testament.] , in loc . ‘ Tiling ’ is found only in Luke 5:19 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] , for which RV [Note: Revised Version.] has ‘through the tiles.’ St. Luke seems here to have adapted the narrative of Mk. (for which see House, § 5 ) to the style of roof covered with tiles (see ‘Teguia’ in Rich’s Dict. of Antiq .), with which his Western readers were more familiar; or ‘through the tiles’ is here simply synonymous with ‘through the roof’ (cf. our expression ‘on the tiles’).

A. R. S. Kennedy.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Tile, Tiling'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/t/tile-tiling.html. 1909.

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