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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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is the inaccurate rendering in the A.V. of two Heb. words designating some kind of female ornament.

1. כִּוּמָז, kumâ z (so called, according to Gesen., from the globular form; but, according to Fü rst, a locket or clasp; Sept. ἐμπλόκια καὶ περιδέξια, Vulg. dextralia, in Exodus 35:22; ἐμπλόκιον, muraenulae, in Numbers 31:50), probably drops hung like beads in a string around the neck or arm, as described by ancient authors on Arabia (Diod. Sic. 3, 44, 50; Strabo, 16:277).

2. בָּתֵּי הִנֵּפֶשִׁ, bottey hanne'phesh, houses of the soul (Isaiah 3:20, Sept. δακτύλιοι,Vulg. olfactoriola), i.e. perfume-bottles of essences or smelling-salts kept in lockets suspended about the person. (See ORNAMENT).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Tablet'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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