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Bell

BELL (Heb. metsillôth, pa‘amôn). The latter of these terms rendered bell is found in Exod.28.33ff.; Exod.39.25-Exod.39.26. Bells were attached to the hem of the priestly robes worn by Aaron and his descendants as they performed service in the tabernacle. The tinkling of the bells gave assurance to the worshipers outside the tabernacle that the high priest had not incurred divine retribution but remained alive as their intercessor. The other Hebrew term is used just once, in Zech.14.20, where the bells bear the inscription “Holy To The Lord.” These “bells” are more like our cymbals than our bells. The bell was not used in biblical times for the purpose of religious convocation as today. The use of the bell to summon the worshipers is a distinctively Christian practice dating back to the end of the fourth century a.d. Its usage seems to have been introduced by Bishop Paulinus who lived during that time. Miniature bells were often fastened to the necks of goats and sheep, enabling the