Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrew. leshem) occurs only in Exodus
28:19 and 39:12
, as the name of a stone in the third row on the high priest's breastplate. Some
have supposed that this stone was the same as the jacinth (q.v.), others that
it was the opal. There is now no mineral bearing this name. The "ligurite" is
so named from Liguria in Italy, where it was found.
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrew. leshem) A precious stone mentioned in ( Exodus
) as the first in the third row of the high priests breastplate. It is impossible
to say, with any certainty, what stone is denoted by the Hebrew term; but perhaps
tourmaline, or more definitely the red variety known as rubellite, has better
claims than any other mineral. Rubellite is a hard stone, and used as a gem, and
is sometimes sold for red sapphire.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
28:19 , 39:12
the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "jacinth").
See STONES, PRECIOUS.
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