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(As a punishment), a mark of infamy inflicted on the dead bodies of criminals (Deuteronomy 21:23 ) rather than our modern mode of punishment. Criminals were first strangled and then hanged (Numbers 25:4 ; Deuteronomy 21:22 ). (See 2 Samuel 21:6 for the practice of the Gibeonites.)

Hanging (as a curtain).

  • Heb. masak, (a) before the entrance to the court of the tabernacle ( Exodus 35:17 ); (b) before the door of the tabernacle (26:36,37); (c) before the entrance to the most holy place, called "the veil of the covering" (35:12; 39:34), as the word properly means.

  • Heb. kelaim, tapestry covering the walls of the tabernacle (Exodus 27:9 ; 35:17 ; Numbers 3:26 ) to the half of the height of the wall (Exodus 27:18 ; comp 26:16). These hangings were fastened to pillars.

  • Heb. bottim (2 Kings 23:7 ), "hangings for the grove" (RSV, "for the Asherah"); marg., instead of "hangings," has "tents" or "houses." Such curtained structures for idolatrous worship are also alluded to in Ezekiel 16:16 .

  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Hanging'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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