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Deuteronomy 89 a land wherein thou shall eat bread withoutscarceness thou shall not lack anything in it a land whose stones areiron and out of whose hills thou mayest dig copper This verse comesfrom God when He reminds the Israelites of their wonderings in thewilderness as a warning for them not to forget Him God brings them intoa life of wealth and prosperity in the land of Canaan and wants them tobe cautious in this new life The word copper is mentioned near the endof this verse Copper in the Bible is commonly referred to brassBrass is an alloy of copper and was unknown at the time It is unknownif there were mines near the Israelites then but the author of Jobwrites about mining very descriptiveWhen copper is referred to in the Bible it is commonly known as analloy of copper and tin Bronze was a very important and useful metalthat began to replace iron in the beginning of the third millennium BCEto the 13th Century BCE Copper mines were being discovered in SinaiEgypt and Cyprus from which coppers name is derived from Copper wasusually found in the ancient Near East but soon was the principal metalextracted in Erez Israel Till this day it is the only metal minedthere Copper is commonly extracted from sulfide minerals silicatesand carbonates There have also been small amounts of native copperfound The Israelites had no copper mines that existed around them sothey had to import their raw materials from the Egyptians orPhoenicians The Phoenicians worked their copper mines in Cyprus firstbut then continued on the Sinai peninsula where their immense work canstill be seen On the other hand the king of the fourth dynastySenoferu first mined the Egyptians copper With the discovery ofcopper the Israelites began smelting copper ores around 500 BC Theygenerally extracted from green ore malachite which is easilyidentified Smelting is a tedious process of taking out the impuritiesof the metal from its ore by being put
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