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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Fig. 115—Ox carts

The Hebrew word rendered by our translators in some places by 'wagon,' and in others by 'cart,' denotes any vehicle moving on wheels and usually drawn by oxen; and their particular character must be determined by the context indicating the purpose for which they were employed. First, we have the carts which the king of Egypt sent to assist in transporting Jacob's family from Canaan (; ). From their being so sent it is manifest that they were not used in the latter country; and that they were known there as being peculiar to Egypt is shown by the confirmation which they afforded to Jacob of the truth of the strange story told by his sons. The carts or wains represented in the Egyptian sculptures are the following, which, however, appear to belong to a foreign people. But that the Egyptians had something like them of their own appears from the next two figures.


Fig. 116—Egyptian cart

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Cart'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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