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"King Og's Iron Bed--Fact or Fancy", Bible studies, iron, early Israel


At times when iron was scarce, it was used as a precious decorative metal. So concludes a recent article, "King Og's Iron Bed-Fact or Fancy," Bible Review (April 1990): 16-21. Here, Alan R. Millard documents archaeological evidence for the early use of iron to decorate beds (see Deuteronomy 3:11) and thrones, as well as for bracelets and jewelry, weapons and royal swords. Such beds or jeweled boxes were not solid iron, but they were plated, veneered, or studded with the metal.