Parlor is the rendering occasionally of three Heb. words: חֶדֶר, cheder, an enclosed place (1Ch 28:11; Sept. ἀποθήκη, Vulg. cubiculum), especially an inner room or "chamber" (as elsewhere almost invariably rendered); 2, לַשׁכָּה, lishkah, a bedroom (1Sa 9:22; Sept. κατάλυμα, Vulg. triclinium), especially a corner cell or "chamber" (as elsewhere nearly constantly rendered) in a courtyard; 3, עֲלַיָּה, aliydh, an upper room (Jg 3:20,23-25; Sept. ὑπέρῳον, Vulg. ocenaculum), especially "the chamber" (as elsewhere usually rendered) over the gate or on the roof. SEE CHAMBER. In Jg 3:20-28 the words in the original imply an upper chamber of coolness, no doubt such as are still found in the mansions and gardens of the East, to which the owner retires to enjoy a purer air and more extensive prospect than any other part of his dwelling commands, and where he usually takes his siesta during the heat of the day. It is kept as a strictly private apartment, no one entering it but, such as are specially invited. SEE HOUSE. Kitto observes (note in Pict. Bible, ad loc.) that "it appears to have been an apartment detached from the main building, but having a communication with it, and also with the exterior. It also probably enjoyed a free circulation of the air, which rendered it particularly agreeable in the heat of summer, especially in so very warm a district as the plain of Jericho." SEE UPPER ROOM.

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