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Threshing-Floor

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thresh´ing - flōr ( גּרן , gōren ; ἅλων , hálōn ; אדּר , 'iddar , occurs in Daniel 2:35 ): The location and method of making threshing-floors have already been described under AGRICULTURE . These floors have come into prominence because of the Biblical events which occurred on or near them. Joseph with his kinsmen and Egyptian followers halted for seven days at the threshing-floor of Atad to lament the death of Jacob (Genesis 50:10 ). Probably there was a group of floors furnishing a convenient spot for a caravan to stop. Travelers today welcome the sight of a threshing-floor at their halting-place. The hard, level spot is a much preferable to the surrounding stony fields for their tents.

David built an altar on Ornan's (Araunah's) threshing-floor (2 Samuel 24:18-24; 1 Chronicles 21:18-27 ), which later became the site of the Temple (2 Chronicles 3:1 ). David probably chose this place for his altar because it was on an elevation, and the ground was already level and prepared by rolling. Uzzah died near the threshing-floor of Nacon for touching the ark (2 Samuel 6:6 ). Ruth reveals herself to Boaz on his threshing-floor (Rth 3:6-9).

Threshing-floors are in danger of being robbed (1 Samuel 23:1 ). For this reason, someone always sleeps on the floor until the grain is removed (Rth 3:7). In Syria, at the threshing season, it is customary for the family to move out to the vicinity of the threshing-floor. A booth is constructed for shade; the mother prepares the meals and takes her turn with the father and children at riding on the sledge.

The instruments of the threshing-floor referred to in 2 Samuel 24:22 were probably: (1) the wooden drag or sledge, ḥārūc or mōragh , Arabic lauḥ eddiras ; (2) the fan (fork), mizrēh , Arabic midrā , for separating straw from wheat; (3) shovel, meghrāphāh , Arabic mı̄rfashat , for tossing the wheat into the air in winnowing; (4) broom, maṭ'ăṭē' , for sweeping the floor between threshing and for collecting the wheat after winnowing; (5) goad, malmēdh , Arabic messās ; (6) the yoke, ‛ōl , Arabic ṭauk ; (7) sieve, kebhārāh , Arabic gharbal ; (8) dung catcher, Arabic milḳat .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Threshing-Floor'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/t/threshing-floor.html. 1915.

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