Ivory is a type of dentine (the harder-than-bone material that forms teeth) found in the tusks of elephants. Humans have used ivory since ancient times primarily for artwork, which continued into modern times when it was also used for more mundane things as piano keys and billiard balls (in modern times, the ivory trade is now subject to strict controls or outright bans due to extinction fears for elephants who were slaughtered merely for their tusks by poachers or irresponsible profiteers). Most of the great ancient civilizations used ivory, and during Bible History, the Israelite people were also well familiar with it; King Solomon, the son and successor of King David, had a gold-covered throne of carved ivory.


Solomon's throne of ivory, which was covered with gold:

Solomon obtained the ivory by means of a fleet of trading ships

Later Kings of Israel and Judah (see also Israelite Dynasties) also made use of ivory, including Ahab, the husband of Jezebel:

When the Israelites were faithful and obedient to God, "ivory palaces" were among the blessings:

When the Israelites were unfaithful and disobedient to God, ivory became a contemptible sign of their corruption:

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This Day In History, August 28

1413: St. Andrew's University in Scotland was chartered by a papal decree from Gregory XII.

1609: Delaware Bay was explored by Henry Hudson for the Netherlands.

1789: William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus.

1883: The British Parliament banned slavery throughout the British Empire.

1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the First World War.

1916: Italy declared war against Germany during the First World War. They were allies during the Second World War.

1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrived in Chunking to meet with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to avert civil war.

1963: Martin Luther King made his "I have a dream speech" in Washington.

1968: Anti-Vietnam War riots broke out in Chicago while the Democratic Party Convention was being held in the city.

1990: The government of Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq, in a move that foreshadowed the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

1996: A British court finalized the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.

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