TILE (Heb. levēnâh, brick, Gr. keramos). Ancient writing was done with a stylus on blocks of soft clay, which varied in size according to need. Ezekiel used such a tile in drawing a prophetic picture of the doom awaiting Jerusalem (
Roofing tiles are mentioned in
TILE. A tile was a slab or a tablet of baked clay. Such tablets were used for writing in the cuneiform syllabary before 3000 b.c. While the clay was soft, impressions were made with a stylus. Then the clay tablet was placed in the sun to bake, or baked in an oven. Tiles were common roofing material through much of the ancient world, but houses in Pal. were usually roofed with a mixture of clay and straw. Roofing tiles are mentioned in
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
til, til’-ing (lebhenah, "brick"
See EZEKIEL, II, 1, (2); HOUSE, II, 1, (10).