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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
PILLAR. The designation of gravestones, memorials, columns, altars, and formations of cloud, smoke, or fire.1. Heb. ˒ōmnôt. “pillars” (better, “supports”) at temple doors, overlaid with gold which Hezekiah stripped off for the enemy (2 Kgs 18:16), probably the door frames. Emphasis is on function.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
PillarA standing stone (Heb. maṣṣēḇâ) erected as a memorial or an object of worship. During the period of the patriarchs, stones were set up as memorials (Gen. 28:18; 31:45–52; 35:14, 20; Exod. 24:4; 2 Sam. 18:18), sometimes representing God’s dwelling (Gen. 28:22). Sometimes translated as “image” (KJV),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Pillar. The notion of a pillar is of a shaft or isolated pile, either supporting or not supporting a roof. But perhaps the earliest application of the pillar was the votive or monumental. This in early times consisted of nothing but a single stone or pile of stones. Gen. 28:18; 31:46, etc. The stone
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
PILLAR. The rendering of nine Heb. words and one Gk. word.1. The essential notion of a pillar is of a shaft or isolated pile either supporting or not supporting a roof. Pillars form an important feature in oriental architecture, partly, perhaps, as a reminiscence of the tent with its supporting poles,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Pillar—used to support a building (Judg. 16:26, 29); as a trophy or memorial (Gen. 28:18; 35:20; Ex. 24:4; 1 Sam. 15:12, A.V., “place,” more correctly “monument,” or “trophy of victory,” as in 2 Sam. 18:18); of fire, by which the Divine Presence was manifested (Ex. 13:2). The “plain of the pillar” in
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
PILLAR — a word with several different meanings in the Bible:1. The word pillar can refer to an architectural element that supports a roof. Use of pillars was common in the Near East long before the time of Abraham. Pillars were usually made of wood or stone. References to pillars as a part of a building
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
PillarWith over a hundred biblical references (NRSV 120), pillars were obviously a conspicuous feature in the biblical world. The overwhelming number of references are to pillars in extraordinary rather than routine settings, and their main importance in the Bible is more symbolic than architectural.