|go'-fer wood ((gophrith) brimstone, pitch, (kopher) pitch)
RELATED: Noah's Ark
Easton's Bible Dictionary
A tree from the wood of which Noah was directed to build
the ark ( Genesis
6:14 ). It is mentioned only there. The LXX. render this word by "squared
beams," and the Vulgate by "planed wood." Other versions have rendered it "pine"
and "cedar;" but the weight of authority is in favour of understanding by it the
cypress tree, which grows abundantly in Chaldea and Armenia.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(pitch) wood. Only once mentioned -- ( Genesis
6:14 ) Two principal conjectures have been proposed --
(1) That the "trees of gopher" are any trees of the resinous kind, such as pine,
(2) That Gopher is cypress.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
go'-fer wood ('atse ghopher):
The wood from which Noah's ark was made (Genesis
6:14). Gopher is a word unknown elsewhere in Hebrew or allied languages.
Lagarde considered that it was connected with gophrith, meaning "brimstone," or
"pitch," while others connect it with kopher, also meaning "pitch"; hence, along
both lines, we reach the probability of some resinous wood, and pine, cedar, and
cypress have all had their supporters. A more probable explanation is that which
connects gopher with the modern Arabic kufa, a name given to the boats made of
interwoven willow branches and palm leaves with a coating of bitumen outside,
used today on the rivers and canals of Mesopotamia. In the Gilgames story of the
flood it is specially mentioned that Noah daubed his ark both inside and out with
a kind of bitumen.
See DELUGE OF NOAH.
E. W. G. Masterman
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