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Judean Candlestick Oil Lamp W/ Greek Text "the Light Of Christ Shines",byzantine For Sale
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The Dimensions are approximately: 8.5cm long x 6.5cm Wide
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Significance of oil lamps in major religions of the Holy Land:
appear in the Torah and other Jewish sources as a symbol of
“lighting” the way for the righteous, the wise, and for love and other
positive values. While fire was often described as being destructive,
light was given a positive spiritual meaning. The oil lamp and its
light were important household items, and this may explain their
symbolism. Oil lamps were used for many spiritual rituals. The oil
lamp and its light also became important ritualistic articles with the
further development of Jewish culture and its religion.
“And you shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you
pure beaten olive-oil for the light, that a lamp may be set to burn
continually”. Exodus 27:20 “When you set the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lamp stand (menorah).” Numbers 8: 1 -4 “There I shall cause pride to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.” (Psalms 132:16); “For a commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light; and reproving discipline is the way of life.” (Proverbs 6:23); “A man’s soul is the lamp of God, which searches the chambers of one’s innards.” (Proverbs 20:27). “A lamp is called a lamp, and the soul of man is called a lamp.” (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 30B)
Temple Menorah, a ritual seven branched oil lamp used in the Second
Temple, forms the centre of the Chanukah story and centers on the
miracle that during the cleansing of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem
after its looting, the lamp was supposed to burn continuously, forever,
but there was only oil enough for one day, and no more oil would be
available for 8 days; miraculously the oil expected to last for only one
day instead burnt for 8 full days.
There are several references to oil lamps in the New Testament:
“Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your
whole body is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is
not sound, your body is full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34); “He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.” (John 5:35);
“And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for
the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and
ever.” (Rev 22:5).
In the Orthodox Church and many Eastern
Catholic Churches oil lamps (Greek: kandili, Slavonic: lampada) are
still used both on the Holy Table (altar) and to illuminate icons on
the iconostasis and around the temple (church building). Orthodox
Christians will also use oil lamps in their homes to illuminate their
Traditionally, the sanctuary lamp in an Orthodox
church is an oil lamp. It is lit by the bishop when the church is
consecrated, and ideally it should burn perpetually thereafter. The oil
burned in all of these lamps is traditionally olive oil.
Greece and Cyprus, lampáda (Greek: λαμπ?δα) is the special name for the
candle held by the faithful on the Easter service celebrating the
Resurrection. Although any regular paraffin or beeswax candle can be
used, a lampáda is usually a large, white candle or, in the case of
children, a multicolored candle decorated with ribbons, beads, toys,
dried flowers etc. The lampáda is lit at midnight, with the holy light
from the priest's candle, and then carried home. The sign of the cross
is often made with soot from this flame on the lintel above the
home's main door, and the flame is transferred to the icon corner oil
lamp; only then can the lampáda be extinguished. The cross over the
door and the flame before the icons are believed to confer the Risen
Lord's protection on the household.
is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light
is, as it were, that of a niche containing a lamp; the lamp is
[enclosed] in glass, the glass [shining] like a radiant star: [a lamp]
lit from a blessed tree - an olive-tree that is neither of the east
nor of the west the oil whereof [is so bright that it] would well-nigh
give light [of itself] even though fire had not touched it: light
upon light! God guides unto His light him that wills [to be guided];
and [to this end] God propounds parables unto men, since God [alone]
has full knowledge of all things". 24:35
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