Copper – Nechosheth

The Hebrew word “nechosheth” is translated as “copper” one time (Ezra 8:27) in the King James Version.

Copper is a “pure mineral meaning” that it is “not mixed with any other minerals”.

The King James Version “translates” this same word as “brass” one hundred and three times.

Brass is an “alloy (mixture) of copper and nickel (another pure mineral)”.

Other translations translate  “nechosheth” as “brass or bronze”.

Bronze is “alloy of copper and tin (another pure mineral)”.

It would appear that “the translators” are “not certain of the meaning” of the word “nechosheth” as “no consensus can be made” on “how to translate this word”.

“Jewish Hebrew dictionaries and Jewish translations” of the Bible always translate this word as “copper”.

Why would “Christian translations and dictionaries” commonly translate “nechosheth” as “brass or bronze” while Jewish dictionaries and translations use “copper”?

Which is more accurate? At first glance “it may seem like an insignificant problem” but on “further examination” it becomes evident that “a proper translation is essential”.

In Leviticus 19:19 there are three commands:

1. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind

2. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed

3. Nor shall there come upon you a garment of cloth made of two kinds of stuff

Throughout the Torah “God is demonstrating that mixtures are not appropriate”.

This would especially hold true “for the items in the tabernacle”.

The “altar” was made of “acacia wood and overlaid with nechosheth”.

Is this “nechosheth” “brass”, “bronze” or “copper”?

Both “brass and bronze are alloys”, “mixtures of pure minerals”, only “copper is a pure mineral”.

Would God call “for an alloy”, “a mixture of different pure metals” such as “brass or bronze” in “the tabernacle”? I doubt it.

“Copper is the meaning of  “nechosheth” so whenever you see the word “brass” or “bronze” in your “English translation” make a “mental note” that “this should be copper”.

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