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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(אוֹצָר, otsar, 1 Chronicles 27:25; Psalms 33:7; Malachi 3:10, a treasury, as elsewhere usually rendered; אֲסָם, asam, a receptacle for provisions, Deuteronomy 28:8; "barn," Proverbs 3:10; the modern matmurat, usually underground in the East; מִאֲבוּס, maabus, Jeremiah 1:26, a granary; מַסְבְּנָה, miskenah, a magazine, Exodus 1:11; 2 Kings 32:28; elsewhere "store city; " ταμεῖον, Luke 12:24; Ecclesiastes 29:12, elsewhere "closet"). According to Genesis 41:48-49, Joseph built storehouses in Egypt, in which he laid up the superabundance of corn against the years of dearth. From the monuments we learn that such storehouses were common. The form of one of those ancient granaries is exhibited in a painting of the tomb of Rotei at Beni-Hassan. It consists of a double range of structures resembling ovens, built of brick, with an opening at the top and a shutter in the side. A flight of stairs gives access to the top of these receptacles, into which the grain, measured and noted, is poured till they are full. The mode of emptying them was to open the shutter in the side. (See GRANARY).

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

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