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(Hebrew כִּיּוֹר, kiyyor; Greek λουτήρ, loutēr). A washbasin used in the tabernacle, and later in the Solomonic temple with some modifications.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
LAVER [Heb kiyyôr (כִּיֹּור); Gk loutron (λουτρον)]. Bronze washbasin situated in both the tabernacle and temple courtyards. Although situated in the cultic precincts, the laver itself was not a ritual object. The tabernacle laver (Exod 30:18, 29; 31:9; 35:16; 38:8; 39:39; 40:7, 11, 30; Lev 8:11) was
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Laver. Basin filled with water which the priests used to wash their hands and feet before entering the Holy Place and before returning to serve at the altar (Ex 30:17–21). In Solomon’s temple a large laver called the “molten sea” was placed between the altar of burnt offerings in the courtyard and the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LAVER* Basin filled with water that the priests used to wash their hands and feet before entering the Holy Place and before returning to serve at the altar (Ex 30:17–21). In Solomon’s temple a large laver called the “molten sea” was placed between the altar of burnt offerings in the courtyard and the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LaverA bowl or basin (so NRSV) used for ceremonial washing associated with both the wilderness tabernacle (Exod. 30:17–21) and the Jerusalem temple (1 Kgs. 7:38–39; 2 Chr. 4:6). In one instance Heb. kiyyôr refers to a bronze platform upon which Solomon stood in solemn assembly to offer his prayer when
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Laver1. In the tabernacle, a vessel of brass containing water for the priests to wash their hands and feet before offering sacrifice. It stood in the court between the altar and the door of the tabernacle. Ex. 30:19, 21. It rested on a basis, i.e., a foot, which, as well as the laver itself, was made
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
LAVER (Heb. kikkār, something “round,” a “basin”). The basin (so usually in the NIV) in which the priests washed their hands and feet while engaged in their public ministrations. The Tabernacle laver differed from that of the Temple.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Laver—(Heb. kiyor, a “basin” for boiling in, a “pan” for cooking (1 Sam. 2:14), a “fire-pan” or hearth (Zech. 12:6), the sacred wash-bowl of the tabernacle and temple (Ex. 30:18, 28; 31:9; 35:16; 38:8; 39:39; 40:7, 11, 30, etc.), a basin for the water used by the priests in their ablutions.That which
Sea, the molten
Sea, The molten—the great laver made by Solomon for the use of the priests in the temple, described in 1 Kings 7:23–26; 2 Chr. 4:2–5. It stood in the south-eastern corner of the inner court. It was 5 cubits high, 10 in diameter from brim to brim, and 30 in circumference. It was placed on the backs of
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Laverlaver (layʹvuhr), a large copper or bronze vessel used for priestly ablutions in the tabernacle (Exod. 30:17–21) and in the Temple. It stood near the altar (Exod. 40:7), and, according to Exod. 38:8, was fashioned from the mirrors of women ministering at the door of the Tent of Meeting. Solomon’s
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LAVER — a basin in which the priests washed their hands for purification purposes while officiating at the altar of the Tabernacle or the Temple. Moses was commanded to make a laver, or basin, so Aaron and the Levitical priests could wash their hands and feet before offering sacrifices (Ex. 30:18–21).
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