Roman oil lamps for sale, discovered on archaeological digs in the Holy Land. This period is an important part of Biblical history making these lamps very collectible. Read More...
Jesus, born in Judea at the time of Roman Emperor Augustus was warned to flee to Egypt when King Herod sought after His life, commanding his Roman army to slaughter all the babies under the age of 2 in Bethlehem.
The early Roman rule in Judea is known as the Herodian period.
The Roman period followed the Hellenistic period as Rome became a world power and gained control of the Holy Land. It was during this period that Jesus taught and ministered. Roman-style lamps have been found in the Holy Land, likely belonging to Roman rulers, officials, and soldiers. These lamps are highly decorated and often feature scenes from Roman mythology. By contrast, Jewish oil lamps from this period, known as Herodian oil lamps, are plain, undecorated mold-made lamps with flaring spouts. “There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together” (Acts 20:8).
Buy authentic Roman clay lamps from a dealer licensed with the Israel Antiquities Authority