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Amber

(Heb. chasmal) occurs only in (Ezekiel 1:4,27; 8:2) It is usually supposed that the Hebrew word chasmal (denotes a metal) and not the fossil resin called amber .

ATS Bible Dictionary
Amber

Is a yellow or straw-colored gummy substance, originally a vegetable production, but reckoned in the mineral kingdom. It is found in lumps in the sea and on the shores of Prussia, Sicily, Turkey, etc. Externally it is rough; it is very transparent, and on being rubbed, yields a fragrant odor. It was formerly supposed to be medicinal, but is now employed only in the manufacture of trinkets, ornaments, etc.

The Hebrew word chasmil is translated by the Septuagint and Vulgate electrum, that is, amber, because the Hebrew denotes a very brilliant amber-like metal, composed of silver and gold, which was much prized in antiquity, Ezekiel 1:4,27; 8:2. Others, as Bochart, refer here to the mixture of gold and brass, of which the ancients had several kinds, some of which exhibited a high degree of luster. Something similar to this was probably also the "fine brass," in Ezra 8:27; Revelation 1:15.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Ezek. 1:4, 27; 8:2. Hebrews, hashmal, rendered by the LXX. elektron, and by the Vulgate electrum), a metal compounded of silver and gold. Some translate the word by "polished brass," others "fine brass," as in Revelation 1:15; 2:18. It was probably the mixture now called electrum. The word has no connection, however, with what is now called amber, which is a gummy substance, reckoned as belonging to the mineral kingdom though of vegetable origin, a fossil resin.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.

2. (n.) Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky.

3. (n.) Ambergris.

4. (n.) The balsam, liquidambar.

5. (a.) Consisting of amber; made of amber.

6. (a.) Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored.

7. (v. t.) To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine.

8. (v. t.) To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AMBER

am'-ber. See STONES, PRECIOUS.

Strong's Hebrew
2830. chashmal -- perhaps amber
... 2829, 2830. chashmal. 2831 . perhaps amber. Transliteration: chashmal Phonetic
Spelling: (khash-mal') Short Definition: metal. ... amber. ...
/hebrew/2830.htm - 5k

3958. leshem -- (a precious stone) perhaps amber or jacinth
... 3957, 3958. leshem. 3959 . (a precious stone) perhaps amber or jacinth.
Transliteration: leshem Phonetic Spelling: (leh'-shem) Short Definition: jacinth. ...
/hebrew/3958.htm - 6k

916. bedolach -- probably bdellium
... bdellium. Probably from badal; something in pieces, ie Bdellium, a (fragrant) gum
(perhaps amber); others a pearl -- bdellium. see HEBREW badal. 915, 916. ...
/hebrew/916.htm - 6k

Library

Against Excessive Fondness for Jewels and Gold Ornaments.
... Footnotes: [1554] [Amber is referred to, and the extravagant values attributed
to it. The mysterious enclosure of bees and other ...
/.../the instructor paedagogus/chapter xiiiagainst excessive fondness for.htm

Introductory Notice to Dionysius, Bishop of Rome.
... of two of his predecessors; and this little essay, embedded in the works of Athanasius,
comes forth as a genuine "bee" out of his precious amber, sweet with ...
/.../dionysius/against the sabellians/introductory notice to dionysius bishop.htm

A Memorial Sketch by W. Robertson Nicoll
... field, and revel in the affluence of colour and shade which were to be seen in the
newly-turned furrows, and to gaze in wonder at the liquid amber of the two ...
//christianbookshelf.org/drummond/the ideal life/a memorial sketch by w.htm

Two Famous Versions of the Scriptures
... this time Alexandria drew all the merchants of the world to her markets; and her
harbour was constantly filled with ships laden with silver, amber, and copper ...
/.../duff/the bible in its making/chapter vii two famous versions.htm

God.
... wind out of the North, the vast cloud, the fire infolding itself, the brightness
round about and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber; the rush and ...
//christianbookshelf.org/smith/jeremiah/1 god.htm

Treats of the Same Subject as the Last ChapterAnd Describes the ...
... Therefore this person resolved to resist no more than does a straw when attracted
by amber (a thing you may have seen); she yielded herself into the hands of ...
/.../teresa/the interior castle or the mansions/chapter v treats of the.htm

The Monk of Thagaste
... The vague blue sky is confused with the bleached sea, spread out in a large sheet
without creases"liquid and flexible silk, swept by quivering amber glow and ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bertrand/saint augustin/iii the monk of thagaste.htm

Against Embellishing the Body.
... and the walls gleam with foreign stones, and there is no want of artistic painting;
and the temples gleam with gold, and silver, and amber, and glitter with ...
/.../clement/the instructor paedagogus/chapter ii against embellishing the body.htm

The Assumption that There are Two Earths Mentioned in the History ...
... [6362] He means those who have gone wrong on the eternity of matter. [6363]
Proinde. [6364] A mixed metal, of the colour of amber. ...
/.../tertullian/against hermogenes/chapter xxv the assumption that there.htm

The Interior Castle, or The Mansions
... Peter of, IV. iii.5; VI. vi.13. Alva, Duchess of; VI. iv.9; VII. i.9, note 6. Amber,
VI. v.2. Anthony, St., VI. v.9. Antonius a Spiritu Sancto, IV. iii. I; VI. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/teresa/the interior castle or the mansions/index 2.htm

Thesaurus
Amber (3 Occurrences)
... The word has no connection, however, with what is now called amber, which is a gummy
substance, reckoned as belonging to the mineral kingdom though of ...
/a/amber.htm - 9k

Metal (69 Occurrences)
... met'-al (chashmal; elektron; the King James Version amber; Ezekiel 8:2, the Revised
Version margin "amber"): The substance here intended is a matter of great ...
/m/metal.htm - 30k

Electrum (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) Amber. 2. (n.) An alloy of gold and silver, of
an amber color, used by the ancients. 3. (n.) German-silver plate. See German. ...
/e/electrum.htm - 8k

Colour (22 Occurrences)
... came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness
was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of ...
/c/colour.htm - 21k

Ambition (9 Occurrences)

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Color (18 Occurrences)
... came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness
was about it, and from the midst of it as the color of amber, from the ...
/c/color.htm - 39k

Loins (72 Occurrences)
... Ezekiel 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about
within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the ...
/l/loins.htm - 33k

Yellowish (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (a.) Somewhat yellow; as, amber is of a yellowish
color. Multi-Version Concordance Yellowish (3 Occurrences). ...
/y/yellowish.htm - 7k

Infolding (1 Occurrence)
... came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness
was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of ...
/i/infolding.htm - 6k

Rosin
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) The hard, amber-colored resin left after
distilling off the volatile oil of turpentine; colophony. ...
/r/rosin.htm - 6k

Concordance
Amber (3 Occurrences)

Ezekiel 1:4
And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
(KJV WBS)

Ezekiel 1:27
And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
(KJV WBS)

Ezekiel 8:2
Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.
(KJV WBS)

Subtopics

Amber

Amber: A Vegetable Fossil

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Infolding (1 Occurrence)

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