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.
The Ten Commandments were inscribed on stone tablets
The tablets were inscribed by GodDt 9:9-11In keeping with ancient Near Eastern practice, the two tablets may have been duplicates of a single covenant document. See alsoEx 24:12; Ex 31:18; Dt 4:13; Dt 5:22
Other surfaces used for writing1Ki 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.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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