street Summary and Overview
Bible Dictionaries at a Glance
street in Easton's Bible Dictionary
The street called "Straight" at Damascus (Acts 9:11) is "a long
broad street, running from east to west, about a mile in length,
and forming the principal thoroughfare in the city." In Oriental
towns streets are usually narrow and irregular and filthy (Ps.
18:42; Isa. 10:6). "It is remarkable," says Porter, "that all
the important cities of Israel and Syria Samaria, Caesarea,
Gerasa, Bozrah, Damascus, Palmyra, had their 'straight streets'
running through the centre of the city, and lined with stately
rows of columns. The most perfect now remaining are those of
Palmyra and Gerasa, where long ranges of the columns still
stand.", Through Samaria, etc.
street in Smith's Bible Dictionary
The streets of a modern Oriental town present a great contrast to those with which we are familiar, being generally narrow, tortuous and gloomy, even in the best towns. Their character is mainly fixed by the climate and the style of architecture, the narrowness being due to the extreme heat, and the gloominess to the circumstance of the windows looking for the most part into the inner court. The street called "Straight," in Damascus, #Ac 9:11| was an exception to the rule of narrowness: it was a noble thoroughfare, one hundred feet wide. divided in the Roman age by colonnades into three avenues, the central one for foot passengers, the side passages for vehicles and horsemen going in different directions. The shops and warehouses were probably collected together into bazaars in ancient as in modern times. #Jer 37:21| That streets occasionally had names appears from #Jer 37:21; Ac 9:11| That they were generally unpaved may be inferred from the notices of the pavement laid by Herod the Great at Antioch, and by Herod Agrippa II. at Jerusalem. Hence pavement forms one of the peculiar features of the ideal Jerusalem. Tob. 13:17; #Re 21:21| Each street and bazaar in a modern town is locked up at night; the same custom appears to have prevailed in ancient times. #So 3:3|
street in Schaff's Bible Dictionary
STREET . Gen 19:2. The streets of Oriental cities are usually narrow. Mats are sometimes spread across from roof to roof to shade the streets from the sun. Some streets were named as in modern times, Ezr 10:9; Acts 9:11, but it is supposed that in other passages, 2 Chr 32:6; Neh 8:1, Num 1:3, Ex 17:16, the word translated "streets" means squares or open places around the gates. "Each street and bazaar in a modern town is locked up at night, and hence a person cannot pass without being observed by the watchman. The same custom appears to have prevailed in ancient times." Song 3:3. To make "streets" was to secure commercial accommodations. 1 Kgs 20:34.
street in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
rechob. A broad open space, as the courtyard, the space near the gate devoted to public business (Deuteronomy 13:16), or before t he temple (Ezra 10:9; Esther 4:6). Particular trades gathered in certain quarters, as "the bakers' street" (Jeremiah 37:21). Chuts is a "narrow street" (Proverbs 5:16; Jeremiah 5:1) in contrast to the "broad street", rechob. Shuq like chuts is seemingly "the narrow street" distinguished from "the broad way," rechob, in Song of Solomon 3:2. Luke 14:21 plateia and rumee, "the streets and lanes." But shuq etymology means "a place of concourse", and rume is applied to the "straight" street of Damascus (Acts 9:11).