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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Hough

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(ִֵקּר, akker', Piel of עָקִר, to extirpatee), a method employed by the ancient Israelites to render useless the captured horses of an enemy (Joshua 11:6; comp. Genesis 49:6), as they were not allowed or able to use that animal (so also 2 Samuel 8:4; 1 Chronicles 18:4). It consisted in hamstringing, i.e. severing "the tendon Achilles" of the hinder legs (Sept. νευροκοπεῖν; compare akar; Syr. the same, Barhebr. p. 220). The practice is still common in Arab warfare (Rosenmü ller, Instituturis Moham. circa bellum, § 17). (See HORSE).

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

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