Manners & Customs: Granaries
Granaries and grain storage in ancient Biblical times
Storehouses in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
stor'-houz-iz, -ez: The following chief changes in the use of
this word (representing various Hebrew words) in the Revised
Version (British and American) to be noted are: In Dt 28:8,
the Revised Version (British and American) has "barns"
('acamim); in 1 Ch 27:25, "treasures" ('otsroth); in Neh
12:25, for "thresholds" has "storehouses" ('asuppim), so, for
"Asuppim" in 1 Ch 26:15,17 ("house of Asuppim," "toward
Asuppim") has "store-house"; in Lk 12:24, for "storehouse" has
"store-chamber" (tameion). In other passages the King James
Version "storehouse" is retained (Gen 41:56; 2 Ch 32:28,
mickenoth; Ps 33:7, 'otsroth; Jer 50:26, ma'abhucim).
Storehouses Scripture - 1 Chronicles 27:25
And over the king's treasures [was] Azmaveth the son of Adiel:
and over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in
the villages, and in the castles, [was] Jehonathan the son of
Storehouses Scripture - 2 Chronicles 32:28
Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil;
and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
Storehouses Scripture - Deuteronomy 28:8
The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy
storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and
he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth
Storehouses Scripture - Genesis 41:56
And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph
opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and
the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
Storehouses Scripture - Jeremiah 50:26
Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses:
cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of
her be left.
Storehouses Scripture - Psalms 33:7
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he
layeth up the depth in storehouses.
STORING THE GRAIN
Smaller quantities of grain are often stored away for future use by the family, in "barrels" made of a combination of clay and wickerwork. If there is a larger quantity of grain it is sometimes placed in a dry cistern under the ground, and the location of the place is kept a secret by covering over the opening.
Actually there were no flour barrels in the homes of Old Testament characters. The word "barrel" speaks of a "jar." Earthenware jars were used to store grain or flour (see I Kings 17:12, 14, 16; 18:33). Both underground storage places for grain and buildings above ground have been in use in modern times. In the Bible, three words are used for grain storage places: the storehouse, the garner, and the barn (Deuteronomy 28:8; Matthew 3:12; Proverbs 3:10). These places were often located below the surface of the ground, but were sometimes above ground. The barns of the rich fool CHRIST told about, must have been of the latter type, because he said: "I will pull down my barns and build greater" (Luke 12:18). When excavators uncovered the city of Gezer, they discovered that granaries had been important buildings in ancient times. Some of them were connected with private homes, while others were evidently public storehouses. Most of them were circular in shape, like some that have been in use on the maritime plain of Israel in recent years. Their size varied greatly. [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]
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