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        among the Jews was suited to the climate and conditions of the
        country. They probably adopted the kind of architecture for
        their dwellings which they found already existing when they
        entered Canaan (Deut. 6:10; Num. 13:19). Phoenician artists (2
        Sam. 5:11; 1 Kings 5:6, 18) assisted at the erection of the
        royal palace and the temple at Jerusalem. Foreigners also
        assisted at the restoration of the temple after the Exile (Ezra
        In Gen. 11:3, 9, we have the first recorded instance of the
        erection of buildings. The cities of the plain of Shinar were
        founded by the descendants of Shem (10:11, 12, 22).
        The Israelites were by occupation shepherds and dwellers in
        tents (Gen. 47:3); but from the time of their entering Canaan
        they became dwellers in towns, and in houses built of the native
        limestone of Israel. Much building was carried on in
        Solomon's time. Besides the buildings he completed at Jerusalem,
        he also built Baalath and Tadmor (1 Kings 9:15, 24). Many of the
        kings of Israel and Judah were engaged in erecting various
        Herod and his sons and successors restored the temple, and
        built fortifications and other structures of great magnificence
        in Jerusalem (Luke 21:5).
        The instruments used in building are mentioned as the
        plumb-line (Amos 7:7), the measuring-reed (Ezek. 40:3), and the
        saw (1 Kings 7:9).
        Believers are "God's building" (1 Cor. 3:9); and heaven is
        called "a building of God" (2 Cor. 5:1). Christ is the only
        foundation of his church (1 Cor. 3:10-12), of which he also is
        the builder (Matt. 16:18).

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Building' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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