(רֹמִח, ro'mach, from its piercing, 1Ki 18:28, elsewhere usually "spear"), the iron point or head of a lance. SEE ARMOR. The incisive implements of the most ancient Hebrews, as of other peoples, were of stone (Ex 4:25; Jos 5:2; compare Abicht, De cultis saxeis, Lipsiae, 1712; and generally Creuzer, Comment. Herod. 1:22. The testa samia with which the priests of Cybele emasculated themselves [Pliny, 35:461, and the stone knives of the Egyptian embalmers [Herod. 2:86], are parallel cases). The Hebrews used no knives at table (although one term for knife, מִאֲכֶלֶת is so named from eating), since the meat was brought on ready cut into pieces, and the bread was so thin as to be easily broken with the fingers. SEE EATING. The same is the case at present in the East, even in princely feasts. SEE MEAL. Knives were regularly employed by mechanics (q.v.), and in slaughtering animals (Ge 22:6,10; comp. Jg 19:29; see Philo, Opp. 2:570), and for preparing food (Josephus, War, 1:33, 7; Ant. 17:71, etc.). The sacrificial knife, in particular, was called מִחֲלָŠ (Ezr 1:9), and a room in the (second) Temple was appropriated to such cutlery (בית מחליפות, Mishna, Middoth, 6:7). A penknife was called תִּעִר (Jer 26:23; Eze 5:1), originally in Aramaean מִספֵּר, which in the Talmud (Chelim, 13:1) likewise denotes a razor. The pruning-knife was מִזמֵרָה (Isa 2:4; Isa 18:5, etc.). SEE KNIFE.

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