Easton's Bible Dictionary
Hebrew aghalah; so rendered in Genesis
45:27 ; 46:5
7:3 , 7:7
7:8 , but elsewhere rendered "cart" ( 1
Samuel 6:7 , etc.). This vehicle was used for peaceful purposes. In Ezekiel
23:24 , however, it is the rendering of a different Hebrew word, and denotes
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
The Oriental wagon, or arabah, is a vehicle composed
of two or three planks fixed on two solid circular blocks of wood from two to
five feet in diameter, which serve as wheels. For the conveyance of passengers,
mattresses or clothes are laid in the bottom and the vehicle is drawn by buffaloes
or oxen. [CART and CHARIOT]
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SEE FROM CART)
The Hebrew word has been translated in some passages "cart," and in others "wagon."
In one verse only has it been translated "chariot." The context of the various
passages indicates that a distinction was made between vehicles which were used
for carrying baggage or produce and those used for carrying riders (chariots),
although in their primitive form of construction they were much the same (compare
English "cart" and "carriage").
Carts, like "chariots" (which see), were of Assyrian origin. They were early carried
to Egypt where the flat nature of the country readily led to their adoption. From
Egypt they gradually found their way among the people of the Palestinian plains.
In the hills of Judea and Central Palestine, except where highways were built
(1 Samuel 6:12), the nature of the country prevented the use of wheeled vehicles.
1 Samuel 6:7 , 8 , 10 , 11 , 14 show that the people of the plains used carts.
The men of Kiriath-jearim found it easier to carry the ark (1 Samuel 7:1). Their
attempt to use a cart later (2 Samuel 6:3 , 1 ; 1 Chronicles 13:7) proved disastrous
and they abandoned it for a safer way (2 Samuel 6:13).
That carts were used at a very early date is indicated by Numbers 7:3 , 7 , 8.
That these vehicles were not the common mode of conveyance in Palestine is shown
in Genesis 45. Pharaoh commanded that Joseph's brethren should return to their
father with their beasts of burden (Genesis 45:21) and take with them Egyptian
wagons (Genesis 45:19 , 21 ; 46:6) for bringing back their father and their families.
The very unusual sight of the wagons was proof to Jacob of Joseph's existence
Bible descriptions and ancient Babylonian and Egyptian pictures indicate that
the cart was usually two-wheeled and drawn by two oxen.
With the Arabian conquests and subsequent ruin of the roads wheeled vehicles disappeared
from Syria and Palestine. History is again repeating itself. The Circassians,
whom the Turkish government has settled near Caesarea, Jerash (Gerasa) and Amman
(Philadelphia), have introduced a crude cart which must be similar to that used
in Old Testament times. The two wheels are of solid wood. A straight shaft is
joined to the wooden axle, and to this a yoke of oxen is attached. On the Philistian
plains may be seen carts of present-day Egyptian origin but of a pattern many
centuries old. With the establishment of government roads during the last 50 years,
European vehicles of all descriptions are fast coming into the country.
One figurative reference is made to the cart (Isaiah 5:18), but its meaning is
James A. Patch
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