Oil Lamp from the Time of the Patriarchs


Ancient Clay Oil Lamp from the Time of Job

  • Wheel-made oil lamp
  • Nozzle charred from use
  • Middle Bronze Age
  • Time of the Patriarchs
  • IAA Export Approval available.
  • Certificate of authenticity included.

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Clay Lamp from the Middle Bronze Age

Oil Lamps were an important part of life in biblical times. Since there were no electric lights, lamps were the main source of light after the sun set each day.

Ancient oil lamps began as simple, wheel-made clay bowls. While the clay was still pliable, the pottery pinched one side of the bowl to create a nozzle. When someone wanted light, he filled the lamp with oil and placed a wick in the nozzle. When someone lit the wick, the flame would draw the oil up through the wick, fueling the flame.

This lamp dates to the Middle Bronze Age. It features a rounded bowl with a flattened rim. The pinched nozzle provides the distinctive shape of ancient oil lamps. The nozzle is blacked from fire, showing that this lamp was well-used in its time.

Length:6′ Inches / 15 CM.

Width:6.2 Inches / 16 CM.

This lamp was likely in use when the biblical story of Job unfolded. This story highlights the conflict between good and evil, light and darkness. Job’s friends counseled him,

“Indeed the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine. The light is dark in his tent and his lamp above him is put out.” (Job 18:5–6)

Job responded, reminiscing about old times,

“Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me, when His lamps shone upon my head, and by His light I walked through darkness.” (Job 29:2–3)

Antiquities from the land of the Bible are great investments and teaching tools. They bring the Bible to life in a tangible way, connecting the stories of the Bible with real artifacts that illuminate the text.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export approval.

Shipped direct from Jerusalem.

Zak’s Antiquities is the website of Zak’s fine art and antiquities located on the Christian Quarter road in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shop began in 1964 and has remained as a family owned and operated business till this day. For the past 50 years Zak’s Antiquities has sold ancient coins, antiquities and art authentic to Israel and Jerusalem.


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