Exodus 27:2-4

27:2 You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it; and you shall overlay it with brass. 27:3 You shall make its pots to take away its ashes, its shovels, its basins, its flesh hooks, and its fire pans: all its vessels you shall make of brass. 27:4 You shall make a grating for it of network of brass: and on the net you shall make four bronze rings in its four corners.


27:2 Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze. 27:3 Make all its utensils of bronze–its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans. 27:4 Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network.

[TODO: get my Tanakh version — which has “copper”]

This is not really a theological point, but I have a thing for ancient names for metals. According to the Hebrew lexicon given at OPB (e.g. for 27:2) the Hebrew term, נְחֹֽשֶׁת׃ (“ne·cho·shet.”) can be translated interchangeably as copper, brass or bronze. Essentially the term means something like “metal, ordinary metal”, as opposed to a precious metal like gold or silver. Possibly the text predates the use of iron. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for iron in the OT.

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