Manners & Customs : Streets


Streets Were Like Allies - A third kind was the short street more like our alley (Proverbs 7:8). [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

Streets were Long, Narrow, and Windy STREETS The words used in the Hebrew Bible for streets would indicate that there were three varieties of them. -The usual street was long, narrow, and winding (Joshua 2:19 etc.). [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

Streets Were Sometimes Broad -Those near the city gates or those in front of a public building, or where one crossed another were broad squares (Nehemiah 8:1). [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

Streets Were Sometimes Paved with Stone As a rule, Eastern streets today are narrow, and everything would indicate that they were narrow in ancient times. In the cities some of them are paved (usually with stone), but in the villages they are seldom paved. David said, "I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets" (Psalm 18:42). Isaiah refers to the "mire of the streets" (Isaiah 10:6). The city streets usually paved in Bible days would include those connected with the temple or some public building. The Oriental appreciates greatly the description of Heaven, "wherein the streets are paved with pure gold as it were transparent glass" (Revelation 21:21). [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]