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        Till their sojourn in Egypt the Hebrews dwelt in tents. They
        then for the first time inhabited cities (Gen. 47:3; Ex. 12:7;
        Heb. 11:9). From the earliest times the Assyrians and the
        Canaanites were builders of cities. The Hebrews after the
        Conquest took possession of the captured cities, and seem to
        have followed the methods of building that had been pursued by
        the Canaanites. Reference is made to the stone (1 Kings 7:9;
        Isa. 9:10) and marble (1 Chr. 29:2) used in building, and to the
        internal wood-work of the houses (1 Kings 6:15; 7:2; 10:11, 12;
        2 Chr. 3:5; Jer. 22:14). "Ceiled houses" were such as had beams
        inlaid in the walls to which wainscotting was fastened (Ezra
        6:4; Jer. 22:14; Hag. 1:4). "Ivory houses" had the upper parts
        of the walls adorned with figures in stucco with gold and ivory
        (1 Kings 22:39; 2 Chr. 3:6; Ps. 45:8).
        The roofs of the dwelling-houses were flat, and are often
        alluded to in Scripture (2 Sam. 11:2; Isa. 22:1; Matt. 24:17).
        Sometimes tents or booths were erected on them (2 Sam. 16:22).
        They were protected by parapets or low walls (Deut. 22:8). On
        the house-tops grass sometimes grew (Prov. 19:13; 27:15; Ps.
        129:6, 7). They were used, not only as places of recreation in
        the evening, but also sometimes as sleeping-places at night (1
        Sam. 9:25, 26; 2 Sam. 11:2; 16:22; Dan. 4:29; Job 27:18; Prov.
        21:9), and as places of devotion (Jer. 32:29; 19:13).
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'House' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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