Herodian Oil Lamp Discovered in Jerusalem
Material: Clay Pottery
Use: Oil Lamp
Date: 37 B.C. – 70 A.D.
These Herodian oil lamps are very unique because this style was made only in Jerusalem, and was only in use for about a hundred years. This is the type of oil lamp that was used in the central hill country of Judea during the time of Jesus. The round body of these lamps was made on a wheel, while the distinctive nozzle was made as a separate piece, which was then attached, giving the lamp a unique look known as a “knife-parted” oil lamp. This type of lamp was made exclusively in Jerusalem, but has been discovered in excavations throughout the region because Jews who came to Jerusalem for pilgrimages during holidays would take these oil lamps as a souvenir from the holy city. These oil lamps come in various sizes and styles, sometimes with decorations and sometimes plain, making this a unique souvenir for travelers from the first century until today.
Herodian oil lamps are our collection discovered in Israel archeological sites specially ones were built by Herods the great around Jerusalem
The Herodian oil lamp is the time of this Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids
25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
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