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Threshing Floor

THRESHING FLOOR (Heb. gōren, Gr. halōn). The place where grain was threshed. Usually clay soil was packed to a hard smooth surface. Sheaves of grain were spread on the floor and trampled by oxen often drawing crude wooden sleds with notched rims (Deut.25.4; Isa.28.27; 1Cor.9.9). A shovel and fan were used in winnowing the grain (Isa.30.24). Since robbers would visit the floor at threshing time (1Sam.23.1), the laborers slept there (Ruth.3.4-Ruth.3.7). Threshing floors were often on hills where the night winds could more easily blow away the chaff.