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an architectural term describing the porticoes or verandas which are not uncommon in Eastern houses. (See HOUSE). It is doubtful, however, whether two of the three Hebrew words so translated have any reference to such an object. (See ARCHITECTURE).

1. אִתַּיק, attik' (Ezekiel 41:15 [where the text has אִתּוּק, attuk'], 16; Sept. ἀπόλοιπον; 42:3, 5, Sept. περίστυλον; according to Gesenius, from נָתִק, to cut off; according to Fü rst, from an obsolete אָתִק, to set off), by some thought to mean (as in 42:6) pillars or columns (so Villalpandus, Cocceius); by others a decrement or terrace (so Gesenius, Fü rst, Hä vernick, Hitzig), as the context requires (Bottcher, Proben, page 350). (See TEMPLE). The ancient interpreters are wholly at fault; the Sept. renders ambiguously, the Talmud "corners," the Syr. "balustrade," and the Jewish interpreters confess their ignorance (Kimchi, Jarchi).

2. רָחַיט , rachit' (Song of Solomon 1:17; either, with Farst, from an obsolete root רָחִט, to trim, or, with Gesenius, for רָהַיט, rahit, as in the margin), prob., panel-work or fretted ceiling (so Sept.' φατνώματα , Vulg. laquearia, A.V. "rafters," marg. "gallery"). (See CEILING). In consequence of the var. read. in the Masoretic text (q.d. ambulatory or place of exercise), this term has been confounded with

3. רִהִט , ra'hat (from רָהִט,' to flow down; spoken of watering-troughs, Genesis 30:38; Genesis 30:41; Exodus 2:16), curled locks or ringlets of a maiden (Song of Solomon 7:6; Sept. παραδρομή, Vulg. canalis). (See HAIR).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Gallery'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/g/gallery.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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