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In one instance they even went so far as to It may be added that the two descriptions given by Josephus differ from each other only as regards the order of the stones in the last two rows; in the 3rd row, the order is precisely reversed; in the 4th row the order is chrusolithos, onuchion, berullion for Ant, and onuchion, berullion, chrusolithos for BJ. For example, 2,000 years ago the Greek term anthrax was used to signify various hard, transparent, red stones that are now known to differ much from one another in chemical composition, and are therefore assigned to different species and given different names; among them are oriental ruby (red corundum), balas ruby (red spinel), almandine and pyrope (red garnets); a stone designated anthrax by the ancient Greeks might thus belong to any one of a number of various kinds to the assemblage of which no name is now given, and the word anthrax has no simple equivalent in a modern language. The topazion of the ancient Greeks is really the peridot, not the topaz, of modern mineralogy; topazion and topaz are different kinds of stone. These stones have a defensive, as well as an enhancing function, defending their users against harm. Formerly, an agate that was banded with well-defined colours was the onyx. It seems to have been obtained by the Jews from India and Egypt. By the time I arrived on the beach at Vernazza, the stack of large, smooth stones had clearly become a bit of holy ground for many. in Exodus 28:18; 39:11; Ezekiel 27:16; 28:13, English Versions of the Bible translation of Hebrew nophekh; in Exodus 28:17; 39:10, the Revised Version margin translation of Hebrew bareqeth; in Tobit 13:16; Judith 10:21; Ecclesiasticus 32:6; Revelation 21:19, English Versions of the Bible translation of Greek smaragdos; in Revelation 21:19, English Versions of the Bible translation of Greek adjective smaragdinos. nat. Professor Maskelyne, rejecting the Septuagint translated, suggests that the leshem was identical with the neshem of the Egyptians, namely the green feldspar now called amazon stone; as an alternative rendering to this he suggests yellow jasper. Onyx, Lat; Sept. onychion; Vulg. topazius, the second stone of the rational (Ex., xxviii, 17; xxxix, 19), representing Simeon; also the second stone in Ezech., xxviii, 13; the ninth foundation stone of the celestial Jerusalem (Apoc., xxi, 20) and also mentioned in Job, xxviii, 19. des antiquités grecques et romaines, s.v. Shamir was a hard material used for engraving precious stones; in the days of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah, splinters of both diamond and corundum (white sapphire or adamant stone) were probably available for the purpose. In ancient times various minerals were regarded as belonging to a single kind, and indicated by a single name, that are now distributed into different kinds and mentioned under different names. It is extremely hard and has a double refraction. Stones are also mentioned in the Bible. The same may have happened regarding the translation of the Hebrew into Greek, especially because the old manner of writing the two words yshlm and shlm might be easily confused. Crystal, Heb. As already pointed out, the Hebrew texts of the Septuagint and English Versions of the Bible must have differed completely as regards the descriptions of the ornaments of the king of Tyre; it is thus not at all certain that they were in complete accord as regards the descriptions of the breastplate. ", XXXVII, xlv) and during the Middle Ages it was believed to possess the power of relieving anxiety at night, driving away devils and to be an excellent cure for eye diseases. Learn about healing gemstones with this chart of stone meanings. In Pliny's time the genus smaragdus comprised no fewer than 12 kinds; one of them was the emerald of the present day, and probably the smaragdos of Theophrastus. At the time of the Septuagint translation, the stones to which the Hebrew names apply could no longer be identified, and translators used various Greek words. Bibliography Information in Matthew 7:6; 13:45,46; 1 Timothy 2:9; Revelation 18:12,16; 21:21: Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates margarita; English Versions of the Bible translates "pearl." At present, agate and onyx differ only in the manner in which the stone is cut: if it is cut to show the layers of colour, it is called agate; if cut parallel to the lines, onyx. Many varieties of trees are cited in the Bible. The gem is used for rings, seals and, in the East; drinking vessels. Whether or not this stone is really diamond cannot be established. Cappir, in Exodus 24:10; 28:18; 39:11; Job 28:6,16; Song of Solomon 5:14; Isaiah 54:11; Lamentations 4:7; Ezekiel 1:26; 10:1; 28:13 2nd stone, 2nd row, of the breastplate. The onyx of Roman times was an opaque stone of white and black layers, like the onyx of the present day. The ancients very probably obtained it from the East. See, for example: beryllus occupied the third place of the second row and in the breastplate, and was understood to represent Nephtali (Ex., xxviii, 19; xxxix, 13). The occidental amethyst is of the silex family and different in composition from the oriental stone. In the Septuagint 12 stones are mentioned; as already stated, they have precisely the same names and are mentioned in precisely the same order as the stones of the breastplate described in that version, the only difference being that gold and silver are inserted in the middle of the list. It is a type of green agate, composed mostly of silica and a small percentage of nickel. However, since the Septuagint repeatedly translates the Hebrew word by chrysolithos, except where it merely transliterates it, and in Ezech., x, 9, since, moreover, the Vulgate follows this translation with very few exceptions, and Aquila, Josephus, and St. Epiphanius agree in their rendering, it can be assumed that the chrysolite of the ancients equates to our topaz. That the breastplate in use in the time of the Septuagint translators (about 280 BC) may have been different from the one described in the Book of Exodus is manifest if we have regard to the history of the Jewish nation; for Jerusalem was captured by Shishak, king of Egypt, about 973 BC, by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, about 586 BC, and by Ptolemy Soter, king of Egypt, about 320 BC. They were worn to protect a person from negative energies, evil and injury, and also to bring good luck. Hyacinth is a zircon of a crimson, red, or orange colour. Pearl. It is uncertain what name would be given to such a stone in the present day, but the signification now attached to the name "chalcedony" (cryptocrystalline silica) cannot be traced farther back than the 15th century. It was allegedly used as a talisman against tempests. Its form is that of an oblong quadrangular prism terminated on both ends by a quadrangular pyramid. In the time of Theophrastus achates was sold at a great price, but by the time of Pliny had ceased to be a precious stone. In the time of Pliny 8 varieties were recognized; he says that beryllus was already thought by some to be "of the same nature as the smaragdus, or at least closely analogous. The stone referred to in Cant., v, 14, and called hyacinthus in the Vulgate is the Hebrew shoham, which has been shown above to be chrysolite. chrysolithus (Ex., xxviii, 20; xxxix, 13; Ezech., x, 9; xxviii, 13; Dan., x, 6), From the similarity of the words bareqeth and baraq ("lightning"), it has been suggested that possibly the breastplate stone was not green but of bluish-red color, in which case it may have been an almandine (garnet). None of the Hebrew texts give any hint as to the nature of this stone. One of the most prominent mentions of precious gemstones in the Bible is the foundation stones of New Jerusalem. in Revelation 21:20: the 10th foundation of the New Jerusalem. of Professor Maskelyne suggests that the nophekh of the breastplate may have been the mophak or mafka of the Egyptian hieroglyphics, the turquoise of the present day. The Greek names of stones and their Latin verbal equivalents had presumably the same signification for both these writers; it is thus possible, in some cases at least, to ascertain what name is now assigned to a stone mentioned in the New Testament if the name and description are recorded in the treatise of Pliny; the results are given in the alphabetical list below. Edelstine. That author mentions, besides krustallos and margarites which occur elsewhere than in the description of the breastplate, nine of the Septuagint names of the breastplate stones, namely: achates, amethustos (as amethuson), anthrax, iaspis, ligurion (as lugkurion), onuchion, sappheiros, sardion, smaragdos. Other Greek translators are more consistent: Aquila has sardonyx and Symmachus and Theodotion have onyx. nat., XXXVII, xxv), the charchedonius of Petronius, and the ardjouani of the Arabs. Interpretation of Greek Names Used by John: For the interpretation of the Greek names used by John, much help is given by Pliny's great work on Natural History, published 77 AD, for it records what was known about precious stones at the very time when John himself was living. Sapphire, Heb. Pliny (Hist. lapis onychinus; the eleventh stone of the breastplate in the Hebrew and the Vulgate (Ex., xxviii, 20; xxxix, 13), representing the tribe of Joseph. When they were settled in the Land of Israel, they obtained gemstones from the merchant caravans travelling from Babylonia or Persia to Egypt, and those from Saba and Raamah to Tyre (Book of Ezekiel, xxvii, 22). Smaragdos (smaragdos) in Tobit 13:16; Judith 10:21; Ecclesiasticus 32:5; Revelation 21:19: the Vulgate translates it as smaragdus; English Versions of the Bible translates "emerald." in Isaiah 54:12: Septuagint translates krustallos; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) periphrases as lapides sculpti ("engraved stones"); English Versions of the Bible translates "carbuncles." Vaticanus and Alexandrinus, but are found in the Complutensian edition and in the Syriac and Arabic Versions. \"This … The entire world is created of atomic forces. in Revelation 21:20: the 7th foundation of the New Jerusalem. The list comprises comparative etymological origins and referential locations for each stone in the Bible. The Arabian sardonyx was "characterized by several different colors, black or azure for the base and vermilion surrounded with a line of rich white for the upper part, not without a certain glimpse of purple as the white passes into the red.". Precious stones such as topaz, emerald, pearls and sapphires are listed in the Bible and have meanings of their own. in Job 28:18: The Septuagint transliterates gabis; the King James Version translates "pearls"; the Revised Version (British and American) translates "crystal." All twelve stones, except chalkedon, are mentioned by Pliny; the few important stones described by him, but not mentioned by John as foundations, are crystallum and adamas, both of them colorless; onyx, remarkable rather for structure than color; electrum (amber), a soft material; carbunculus, fiery red; callaina, pale green, probably turquoise; cyanus, dark blue; and opalus (opal); ranked in Pliny's time immediately after smaragdus in value. It is the carbunculus of Pliny's time, and probably included the oriental ruby (corundum, alumina), the balas ruby (spinel, aluminate of magnesium), the almandine (a kind of garnet, alumino-silicate of iron) and pyrope (another kind of garnet, alumino-silicate of magnesium) of the present day. "chrysolite" in Ezekiel 28:13, the King James Version margin translation of Hebrew tarshish; Revelation 21:20, the Revised Version (British and American) translation of Greek chrusolithos; "chrysolyte" in Revelation 21:20, the King James Version translation of Greek chrusolithos. Theophrastus describes it as: "Its colour is red and of such a kind that when it is held against the sun it resembles a burning coal." 7. Pliny describes iaspis as being generally green and often transparent; he recognizes as many as 14 varieties. In the Greek and Latin texts it comes sixth, and so also in Ezech., xxviii, 13; in the Apocalypse it is the first (xxi, 19). in Job 28:18; Proverbs 3:15; 8:11; 20:15; 31:10; Lamentations 4:7, English Versions of the Bible translation of Hebrew peninim; in Isaiah 54:12; Ezekiel 27:16, the Revised Version (British and American) translation of Hebrew kadhkodh; in Exodus 28:17; 39:10; Ezekiel 28:13, the King James Version margin translation of Hebrew 'odhem. It is missing in the Hebrew of Ezech., xxviii, 13, but present in the Greek. That the Septuagint translators were uncertain as to the correct translation of the Hebrew names used for the precious stones into the Greek names used in their time, and that they translated the Hebrew name of a stone in more than one way may be shown as follows. xxxix, 11; Ezech., xxviii, 13; omitted in Ezech., xxvii, 16); Vulg., carbunculus (Ex., xxviii, 18; xxxix, 11; Ezech., xxviii, 13), gemma (Ezech., xxvii, 16). Structurally, it is a hexagonal crystal with a brilliant reflecting green colour. Ezech., xxviii, 13, mentions it in the third place, and it is also cited in the Greek text of Tob., xiii, 17; however, it is missing in the Vulgate. Chrysoprase, Greek chrysoprasos, the tenth foundation stone of the celestial Jerusalem (Apoc., xxi, 20). The 2nd stone of the 2nd row, termed cappir in our Hebrew text, is termed sappheiros in the Septuagint and sapphirus in the Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) Wherever else cappir occurs in our Hebrew text, sappheiros occurs in the corresponding place in the Septuagint and sapphirus in the Vulgate; it may thus be inferred that in respect of the word cappir our Hebrew text and the Hebrew texts used for the Septuagint and Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) versions were in complete accord with one another. Sard is carnelian, while sardonyx is a species of onyx. Septuagint translates prasinos, i.e. [8] Abenesra and Kimchi explain the Hebrew ahlmh in an analogous manner, deriving it from hlm, to dream; hlm in its first meaning signifies "to be hard". Although not a gemstone in the strictest sense, we can apply the word "stone" in a broader context similar to that of coral. Jud., V, v, 7; Ant. contact . and although this alone would be a very weak argument; there are other, stronger testimonies to the fact that the Hebrew word occurs frequently in Holy Scripture: (Gen., ii, 12; Ex., xxv, 7; xxv, 9, 27; I Par., xxxix, 2; etc.) Frequently referred to ( 1 Kings 10:2; 2 Chr 3:6; 9:10; Revelation 18:16; 21:19). Pierres précieuses; ROSENMÜLLER, Handbuch der biblischen Alterthumskunde (Leipzig); WINER in Biblisches Realwörterbuch (Leipzig, 1847), s.v. A range of gemstones are mentioned in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation. arm, to be red, especially "red blooded"; Sept. and Apoc. That the Hebrew texts used for the Septuagint, Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) and English Versions of the Bible were not identical in all the verses in which there is mention of precious stones is especially clear from an analysis of the respective descriptions of the ornaments of the king of Tyre (Ezekiel 28:13). There are about twenty different names of such stones in the Bible. This gem was considered the most precious of all among the ancients, and was obtained from the Red Sea, (1) Inconsistency of Septuagint Translators. Stones are enriched with decomposed matter and they then nourish the plants that feed and shelter us. The Phoenicians mounted beads of coral on collars and garments. Interpretation of Greek Names Used by Sepuagint: For the interpretation of the Greek names of stones mentioned in the Septuagint (and thus of the Hebrew names in the original text), the work of Theophrastus, a contemporary of the Septuagint translators, is very useful. There were three Indian varieties, all of them transparent, one of them red in color; there was then no precious stone in more common use; those of honey-color were less valued. Josephus is not reliable in this instance as he most likely quoted from memory; the position of the words being at variance in his two lists (Bell. Also, it is certain that the Latin word sapphirus was derived from the Greek word sappheiros, and that either the latter had its origin in the Hebrew word cappir or that both words had the same source. Normally its colour is without clouds or veins; but sometimes delicate veins of extremely light red or white are found arranged much like the rings of an agate. In the interpretation of the Hebrew names of the stones of the breastplate there is much greater difficulty, for no Hebrew literature other than the Old Testament has been preserved, and little help is afforded by the contexts of other verses in which some of the Hebrew names of precious stones occur. It clears self-doubt and inspires love of beauty. Throughout the Bible, up to the last chapter of Revelation, trees are seen as important to mankind. ", XXXVII, liv). 21:19-20 may be identified by their Greek names in the Greek Bible but many Greek jewel names are as hard to identify as the Hebrew names in the Old Testament. Chalcedony is usually made up of concentric circles of various colours and the most valuable of these stones are found in the East Indies. Jud., III, vii). The word sardion has sometimes been called sardonyx. Beryl, Heb. It is a completely opaque stone of a conchoidal cleavage. It is also of an azure color, though sometimes, but rarely, it is purple; the best kind being that which comes from Media. It is considered one of the most precious gems. That the precious stones which were in the breastplate signified Divine truths from Divine good, is evident from the passages in the Word where precious stones are mentioned; as with John in the Apocalypse:--. Sea-green Amazonite carries all sorts of positive meanings: Serenity, creativity, and brave self-expression. According to John Aubrey in "Miscellanies" beryl has also been employed for mystical and cabalistic practices. Aben-Esra and Abarbanel translate yhlm as "diamond"; but yhlm was demonstrated above to be beryl. it is found in Ceylon, Arabia, and Egypt. It was the only stone of high value that yielded to the action of the file. Since the translations do not observe the same order as the Hebrew in enumerating the stones of the rational (see Beryl above), it is not mandatory to accept the Greek beryllos as the translation of shhm. The exact etymology is uncertain, but the following have been suggested: ghbysh, which signified "crystal" (see above); phnynym, which Gesenius renders by "red coral"; dr, Esth., i, 6, which is translated in the Vulg. On the other hand, in Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) and English Versions of the Bible descriptions of the ornaments, only 9 of the 12 stones of the breastplate are mentioned; they are not in the same order as the corresponding stones in the breastplate as described in those VSS, silver is not mentioned at all, while gold is placed, not in the middle, but at the end of the list. 4. Emerald is a green variety of beryl and is composed of silicate of alumina and glucina. In the following alphabetical list references are given to all the verses in which each name of a precious stone occurs, and for each use of a translated name the corresponding word in the original text. "onux," Septuagint translation of Hebrew shoham (Job 28:16); onuchion, perhaps Septuagint translation of shoham in the descriptions of the ornaments of the king of Tyre (Ezekiel 28:13) and the stones of the breastplate (being there made 3rd stone, 4th row, in Exodus 28:20; 39:13), but there is uncertainty as to the Hebrew text of the Septuagint; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates onyx, lapis onychinus, lapis sardonychus. The ancient authors are not in accordance on the precise nature of the carbuncle stone. The first mention of stones in the Bible (Exodus 28:17-20) has to do with the stones in Aaron's breastplate. in Revelation 4:3: the Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates smaragdinus; English Versions of the Bible translates "emerald." in Revelation 21:20: the 12th foundation of the New Jerusalem; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates amethystus; English Versions of the Bible "amethyst." Jud., III, vii, 5; Bell. achates (Ex., xxviii, 19;[2] xxxix, 12,[3] in Heb. The probability of this hypothesis of one or more replacements of the breastplate is still further increased if we have regard to the large stones that were set in gold buttons and fastened to the shoulderpieces of the ephod, the vestment to which the breastplate itself was attached (Exodus 28:9; 39:6 or Septuagint Exodus 36:13). So, when it comes to understanding gemstones of the Bible and their colors. in Revelation 21:20: the 9th foundation of the New Jerusalem. It is not mentioned in Apocrypha or the New Testament. The translation "amber" (Revised Version, margin) is not likely to be correct, for that material would have been too soft for use as a stone of the breastplate; its properties do not accord with those assigned by Theophrastus to the lugkurion. in Job 28:17, the King James Version translation of Hebrew zekhukhith; Ezekiel 1:22, the King James Version translation of Hebrew qerach; in Job 28:18, the Revised Version (British and American) translation of Hebrew gabhish; in Revelation 4:6; 22:1, English Versions of the Bible translation of Greek krustallos; in Revelation 21:11, English Versions of the Bible translation of Greek krustallizo ("to shine like crystal"). as "ice"; the other versions translate it as "crystal". It's in the Bible, Ezekiel 13:18, 20 & 21 NIV. Shoham, in Genesis 2:12; Exodus 25:7; 28:9,20; 35:9,27; 39:6,13; 1 Chronicles 29:2; Job 28:16; Ezekiel 28:13: the 2nd stone, 4th row, of the breastplate. This alone seems sufficient to support the opinion that beryl corresponds to the Heb. For the interpretation of the Bible it is thus necessary to ascertain, if possible, the kind of stone to which a Greek or Hebrew name was applied at the time when the word was written. It is composed of silica, alumina, and alkali and is an opaque substance easily engraved. The Septuagint rendering amethustos is generally accepted as correct, but the late Professor N. S. Maskelyne, F.R.S., formerly (1857-80) Keeper of Minerals in the British Museum, gave reasons for regarding the 'achlamah of breastplate times as possibly an onyx in which white bands alternated with waxy-yellow to reddish-yellow bands. In the Old Testament, the 12 different precious stones were used to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel. One of the greatest coral-fisheries of the present day is Torre del Greco, near Naples. The Greek is very inconsistent in its translation, rendering shhs differently in various texts; therefore in Gen., ii, 12, it is lithos prasinos, sardios in Ex. yhlm. the word is merely transliterated; the Greek chorchor is explained by considering how easy it is to mistake a resh for a daleth. The ligurion of the Septuagint is probably identical with the lugkurion of Theophrastus; this was a yellow to yellowishred stone used by seal engravers, and was transparent and difficult to polish. Septuagint translates topazion in Job 28:19 and probably also in the other verses; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates topazius; English Versions of the Bible translates "topaz." Most of the names of the precious stones mentioned in the Bible are contained in the Hebrew description of the breastplate of the high priest and the Greek description of the foundations of the New Jerusalem. The ancients used these stones for fortification, beautification, and curative and for viewing into the future. The foundations of the wall of … Precious stones. Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates topazius; English Versions of the Bible translate it as "topaz.". Epiphan., "De duodecim gemmis" in P. G., XLIII, 300). Ezech. 1915. 21); Jud., x, 21 (Vulg. Interpretation of Greek Names Used by Septuagint, 12. Consequently, the Hebrew shpht must correspond to jasper, Gr. This is a mistake, for the same word is equivalent to carnelian in Theophrastus (De lap., 55) and Pliny (Hist. According to the Septuagint, smaragdos was the 3rd stone, 1st row, of the breastplate, but their Hebrew text is uncertain. Yet in the Septuagint the Hebrew word is translated soom (1 Chronicles 29:2, indicating that the translator, not knowing the Greek word for shoham, gave merely its Greek transliteration) as well as smaragdos (Exodus 28:9; 35:27; 39:6 or Septuagint Exodus 36:13), prasinos (Genesis 2:12), sardion (Exodus 25:7; 35:9 or Septuagint Exodus 35:8), onux (Job 28:16). The word is probably derived from phyr, "to throw fire"; the stone was therefore brilliant and very likely red. Question: "What was a sacred stone in Leviticus?" They are figuratively introduced to denote value, beauty, durability (Cant 5:14; Isaiah 54:11 Isaiah … Symbols are often referred to as "types," because the words "ensample" and "figure" are translated from the original Greek word "tupos" (the New Testament was first written in Greek).The meaning of the symbol, or type, is often referred to as the "Antitype." [9] Crystal is a transparent mineral resembling glass, most probably a variety of quartz. he follows the Septuagint and translates chodchod by jaspis. This mode of formation results in the bands of various colours which it contains. Pearl is a concretion consisting chiefly of lime carbonate found in several bivalve molluscs, but especially in avicula margaritifera. The use of 'sacred stones' for mystical purposes was common among the pagan peoples of the Bible Lands. However, this is not so (see Beryl above). Shamir, in Jeremiah 17:1; Ezekiel 3:9; Zechariah 7:12; Septuagint omits Jeremiah 17:1, and in the other two verses either periphrases the word or had a different text; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) translates (unguis) adamantinus in Jeremiah 17:1, and adamas in the other two verses; English Versions of the Bible translates "diamond" (Jeremiah 17:1) and "adamant" (Ezekiel 3:9; Zechariah 7:12). 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