Brick-kiln

BRICKKILN, BRICK-KILN brĭk’ kĭl, brĭk’ kĭln (מַלְבֵּן, H4861). The firing of bricks in a kiln was foreign to the ancient Jews. Few burnt bricks have been found in Palestine The houses were made of mud brick. There was, moreover, no distinction between kilns used to fire bricks and other types of furnaces. It is probable that David made his captives work at brick molds rather than at brickkilns (2 Sam 12:31). Being put to work at the brickmold was considered the task of those taken as slaves; the ancestors of the new taskmasters had themselves been put to similar toil.