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cubit

an ancient measure of length based on the length of the forearm

Cubit

The principal measure of length used in Ancient Egypt, Babylon, Israel and Greece. It was based on the length of the forearm, and varied from 525 to 445 mm. This forearm measure was called “braccia” in medieval and Renaissance Italy, and varied from city to city.

cubit

A linear unit of measurement used by the ancients; in ancient Egypt, equal to 20.62 in. (52.4 cm).
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The guard cubit (Arabic) measured about 555.6 mm; 5/4 of the Roman cubit producing 96 guard cubits [approximately equal to] 120 Roman cubits = 175 English feet.
The taxation policy of Egyptian rulers was based on water level; taxes were only applied when water reached 16 cubits on the measurement column.
King Jehoash of Israel breached the wall of Jerusalem to a breadth of 400 cubits, and he carried off all the gold and silver and all the vessels that were in the House of the Lord (II Kgs.
First, Wood's plan of the precinct is rectangular, not square as it is described in the Scriptures, (67) with the exterior wall of the precinct measuring 500 cubits by 840 cubits.
We measure the boundary of a town only with a linen rope of fifty cubits, not less because it would become too taut and not longer because it would not be taut enough ...
Standing at 150 cubits long, 30 high and 20 wide - with 18in to the cubit - it was built by Dutchman Johan Huibers, based on a design by his wife Bianca.
These should be walled and surrounded by lands "on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side, two thousand cubits" (Numbers 35).
In school religious education classes, children are amazed to discover that Old Testament giant Goliath was six cubits and a span tall.
# THE New International Bible gives Goliath's height as 'over 9ft' but the Authorised version is more specific saying he stood 'six cubits and a span'.
The Home Office, which funded both Operation Cubits through its Anti Social Unit, has launched a consultation exercise Policing: Building Safer Communities Together.
The Talmud states, "If a fledgling bird is found within fifty cubits of a dovecote, it belongs to the owner of the dovecote.
He drones on for pages and pages about the tabernacle, the ark and the ephod, like a demented Bronze Age interior decorator--golden candlesticks, mind you, and ten linen curtains twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide, and loops around the edges, and eleven goat-hair curtains, maybe a little wider, and loops around their edges too.