yles, after the burning of the forest by lightning, at a period answering to our 1432 B. C. The Greeks claim the first discovery of it, of course.
How many centuries it had been used in China, India, and Egypt can hardly be determined.
Moses, who died 20 years before the era assigned, credits one with the inventio who had been dead 2,000 years when he, the great lawgiver, wrote.
Chariots, axes, bedsteads, harrows, weapons of iron, are mentioned in Hebrew history between 1490 B. C. and 1040 B. C. Jeremiah and Ezekiel speak of iron, and mention two qualities, one of which the latter calls bright iron, probably steel.
The same distinction is made by Hesiod (850 B. C.).
Some doubts have been expressed as to the render- ing of the Hebrew passage which speaks of Tubal Cain as an artificer in iron, and the passage which speaks of the iron bedstead of Og, King of Bashan, about 1450 B. C. The Arundelian marbles place the use of iron in 1370 B. C., and other authorities go back to 1537