Any solid beam, whether wood or stone, set horizontally over a doorway. Anchored on both ends, it supports the construction above the doorway and prevents its collapse into the doorway’s open space. Biblical usage prescribed that blood be placed on both doorposts and the lintel as part of the Passover ritual (Exod 12:7; Exod 22-23:7).

Exod 12:7

7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

Exod 22-23:7

Laws of Restitution
1 When someone steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, the thief shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. ... View more

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