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nehushtan in the Bible

of copper; a brazen thing a name of contempt given to the serpent Moses had made in the wilderness (Num. 21:8), and which Hezekiah destroyed because the children of Israel began to regard it as an idol and "burn incense to it." The lapse of nearly one thousand years had invested the "brazen serpent" with a mysterious sanctity; and in order to deliver the people from their infatuation, and impress them with the idea of its worthlessness, Hezekiah called it, in contempt, "Nehushtan," a brazen thing, a mere piece of brass (2 Kings 18:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • They are ancient, and were perhaps used as talismanic copies of nehushtan.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • In itself it was only a "nehushtan," but, when used of God, it was a means of rich blessing.

    Notes on the Book of Genesis Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • It seems also to have been in some degree connected with that famous relic, the brazen serpent of nehushtan (2 Kings 18, 4).

    Ophiolatreia Anonymous

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