A flat, usually rectangular, surface used for writing. Stone tablets, symbolising permanence, were usually engraved with an iron tool. Tablets of moist clay and writing boards of wood or ivory containing a layer of wax were inscribed with a stylus. The term is also used figuratively to refer to the human heart.
Tablets engraved with an iron tool
The Ten Commandments were inscribed on stone tablets
The tablets were inscribed by God Dt 9:9-11 In keeping with ancient Near Eastern practice, the two tablets may have been duplicates of a single covenant document. See also Ex 24:12; Ex 31:18; Dt 4:13; Dt 5:22
Other surfaces used for writing 1Ki 7:36 The bases of the bronze lavers in Solomon’s temple were engraved; Isa 8:1 Isaiah’s inscription is with a pen on a scroll; Eze 4:1 Ezekiel draws a plan of Jerusalem on a clay tablet. This was a common medium for plans in Babylon.
Tablets of the heart
|1260||finger of God|
|1349||covenant at Sinai|
|1352||covenant, the new|
|5377||law, Ten Commandments|
|7306||ark of the covenant|