Manners & Customs: Sheaves
Sheaves in ancient Bible times
Binding the grain into sheaves. The cut grain is gathered on the arms and bound into sheaves. The Psalmist makes a reference to the mower filling his hand, and the binder of sheaves filling his bosom (Psalm 129:7). And the Song of Solomon speaks of an heap of wheat (Song of Solomon 7:2), and Joseph in his dream saw "binding sheaves in the field" (Genesis 37:7). Thus the cut grain was gathered in the arms and bound into sheaves. [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]
Sheaves Scripture - Amos 2:13
Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed [that is]
full of sheaves.
Sheaves Scripture - Genesis 37:7
For, behold, we [were] binding sheaves in the field, and, lo,
my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your
sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Sheaves Scripture - Micah 4:12
But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand
they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into
Sheaves Scripture - Nehemiah 13:15
In those days saw I in Judah [some] treading wine presses on
the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as
also wine, grapes, and figs, and all [manner of] burdens,
which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I
testified [against them] in the day wherein they sold
Sheaves Scripture - Psalms 126:6
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall
doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves
Sheaves Scripture - Psalms 129:7
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth
sheaves his bosom.
Sheaves Scripture - Ruth 2:15
And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young
men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and
reproach her not:
Sheaves Scripture - Ruth 2:7
And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the
reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued
even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in
Transporting the Grain
Transportation of grain to the threshing floor. The usual method of transporting the grain to the threshing floor is as follows: two large bundles of the grain are made secure by a network of rope and then placed a few feet apart. Then a camel is made to kneel in the space between them, and then the bundles are fastened to the animal's packsaddle. The driver gives his signal, and the camel rises and begins to march off to the threshing floor, which is usually located not far from the village. Here he kneels again and is relieved of his burden of grain, and goes back for another load.
When a camel was to be had, this was the method of transportation that was doubtless used in Bible times. Otherwise the much-used donkey was utilized for the purpose. When sheaves of grain are loaded on the donkey, a sort of cradle is suspended to the flat saddle, and the cut grain is thrown over this and tied by a rope.
The brothers of Joseph used asses to carry sacks of grain and also straw for them to eat (Genesis 42:26, 27).
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