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Pillar
Pillars
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Pillar
Pillar [Heb. maṣṣēḇâ] (Gen. 28:18, 22; 31:13, 45, 51f.; 35:14, 20; Ex. 23:24; 24:4; 34:13; Dt. 7:5; 12:3; 16:22; etc); AV also IMAGE, GARRISON (Ezk. 26:11); NEB also SACRED PILLAR; [ʿammûḏ] (Ex. 13:21f.; 14:19, 24; 26:32, 37; 27:10ff.; 33:9f.; 35:11, 17; 36:36, 38; 38:10ff.; Nu. 3:36f.; etc.);
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pillars
pillars1 Vertical columns of wood or stone used as architectural members to hold up roof supports, whether in temples (1 Kings 7; Judg. 16:25–29), palaces (Esther 1:6), or houses, as archaeological evidence abundantly shows. They were set on firm bases or in sockets for stability and were capped by
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Pillar
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
Pillar
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
Pillar
Pillar. (Heb. maṣṣēḇâ (KJV sometime; “image”) is used of stones set up as memorials, usually during the era of the patriarchs (Gen. 28:18; 31:45–52; 35:14, 20; Exod. 24:4; 2 Sam. 18:18). Such memorial stones might be intended to represent God’s dwelling (Gen. 28:22). The places where they were
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Pillar
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
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
Pillarused 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
Pillars
Pillarspillars. 1 Vertical columns of wood or stone used as architectural members to hold up roof supports, whether in temples (1 Kings 7; Judg. 16:25–29), palaces (Esther 1:6), or houses, as archaeological evidence abundantly shows. They were set on firm bases or in sockets for stability and were
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Pillar
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
Pillar
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.
Key passages
Ge 28:18

And Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a stone pillar, and poured oil on top of it.

Ge 35:20

And Jacob erected a pillar at her burial site. That is the pillar of the burial site of Rachel unto this day.

Ex 24:4

And Moses wrote all the words of Yahweh, and he rose early in the morning, and he built an altar at the base of the mountain and set up twelve memorial stones for the twelve tribes of Israel.

2 Sa 18:18

(Now Absalom had taken and set up for himself in his lifetime a stone pillar that is in the valley of the king, because he said, “I have no son in order to remember my name,” and he called the stone pillar by his name. It is called the monument of Absalom until this day).