Close-range weapon. The Hebrew word chereb and the Greek word machaira designate either a dagger or a sword. The Hebrew word also designates an iron tool (“axes,” Ezekiel 26:9) or a chisel (“tool,” Exodus 20:25). In Joshua 5:2, the word designates stone knives used in the circumcision of the people of Israel.
Here is the link: “Sword.”
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Topics: Archaeology, Sword, Hebrew Knives, Hebrew Weapons
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