מַאֲכֶלֶת Strong’s #3979 ma’akhelet

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. And they went both of them together.

Genesis 22:6

The Hebrews did not eat with forks or spoons but with knives. The word ma’akhelet comes from the root akhal (Strongs #398) meaning “to eat.” The knife was a very versatile instrument, as it was used in preparing and eating foods, cleaning skins for leather, carving wood or bone and for self-defense. Ancient Knives were made bone, metal, flint or bronze.

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