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Huram-Abi was a highly skilled craftsman from the city of Tyre sent to Israel to assist in the construction of the First Temple. He was sent by the King of Tyre and Sidon, Hiram at the request of Solomon for a skilled craftsman to do work in the Temple's construction. Huram, used his highly skilled craftsmanship to construct more specialized parts of Solomon's Temple, made detailed decorations, and assembled much of the rich furniture.



Biography

Early Life

Huram was born of an intermarriage between an Israelite and man from Tyre. His mother was born in the Tribe of Dan, but then married into the Tribe of Naphtali. Eventually her husband passed away and she became widowed. Somehow she met a man from Tyre that she would eventually have a child with (it is not known whether or not they were married).

Huram grew up in the city of Tyre. At one point in his life he received training in working with bronze, gold, silver, iron, stone, wood, ribbon and linen. Huram did a great many craftsman jobs, gaining experience in all kinds of decoration through engraving, and gained the ability to make whatever design was given to him. He also gained great wisdom in working with bronze. His skills eventually became so prominent that the king of Tyre himself recognized his abilities[1].

Work on the Temple

Commissioned to work

When Solomon became King he began to build the idea of the Temple, this his father was so anxious to build. In this, Hiram, the King of Tyre offered whatever help he wished; asides from supplies and general labor, Solomon wanted a skilled craftsman experienced with precious metals, yarn and ribbon, as well as engraving. This man would work alongside the Israelite temple builders in the city of Jerusalem and throughout the Tribe of Judah (where supply routes were conducted and many things pre-assembled)[2].

Hiram gave his reply to Solomon and told him that he would send Huram-Abi, who had great skills in everything that was asked. Huram waited in Tyre until his contract was ready.

Crafting the Furniture

When Solomon was ready he sent for Huram

Verses

  1. 2 Chr 2:14, 1 Kings 7:14 (Link)
  2. 2 Chr 2:7 (Link)

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