Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Formed earthenware cups, bowls, jars, and crafts of various sizes that are dried or hardened by fire. Used for storage, transport, food preparation, food serving, and religious activities.
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Pottery Formed earthenware cups, bowls, jars, and crafts of various sizes that are dried or hardened by fire. Used for storage, transport, food preparation, food serving, and religious activities.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
POTTERY. Pottery can be defined as utensils or other artifacts made of clay and hardened by fire. Ever since the 6th millennium b.c. pottery has played an important role in the material culture of the ANE. Palestine was not a country particularly rich in artistic forms of expression or literary accomplishments.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
POTTERY The manufacture of clayware and earthenware.History and Development The first pottery was made by hand, molded into the desired shape and dried in the sun. There are no records describing the work of the ancient potter and his or her place in society, although the walls of tombs and palaces
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Potterypottery is made from clay and hardened by fire. One who makes pottery is a potter, and the art of pottery making is ceramics.Significance for Biblical History: Clay has two distinctive traits: it can be fashioned into a particular shape and retain that shape; and when it is fired at a temperature
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
POTTERY. Because kiln-fired earthenware vessels are very resistant to weathering, they constitute a vital link with the past. Sherds by the thousands may be seen on every ancient mound in Palestine. Through careful scientific study of the various forms, composition, coloring, sizes, etc., the archaeologist
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Potter, Pottery
POTTER, POTTERY. A reasonable explanation of the introduction of pottery is that a clay-lined basket was accidentally burnt, baking the lining and rendering it usable (see S. Cole, The Neolithic Revolution, 1959, p. 41). Pottery first appears in Neolithic times in the Near East. Until the invention of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
PotteryPottery is one of the most common and abundant finds at ancient Near Eastern sites. This is because everyone possessed ceramic vessels, and because once the clay was fired in a kiln, it could break but not disintegrate like organic materials. Pottery can provide a great deal of information about
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Pottery. †Earthenware formed and hardened by fire so as to be distinguished at once from stoneware or porcelain at the one extreme, and brick or tile at the other.
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
POTTERY The production of pottery was one of man’s great innovations in the later stages of the prehistoric period (Prehistory), and one of the most important landmarks in the long process of transition from the nomadic life of hunters and food-gatherers towards a settled existence. Pottery is made of
Catholic Bible Dictionary
POTTERY Pottery appeared for the first time in the Near East during the Neolithic period (6000–5000 b.c.). Plates, jugs, bowls, cups, lamps, jars, utensils, and even toys were shaped out of clay. Pots were created from finely graded red clay mixed with water and then shaped. Early pots were shaped by
Key passages
Le 6:28

And a clay vessel in which it was boiled must be broken, but if it was boiled in a bronze vessel, then it shall be thoroughly scoured and rinsed with water.

Le 11:33

And any clay vessel into which one of them falls, all that is in it shall become unclean, and you must break it.

Le 14:5

Then the priest shall command someone to slaughter one bird over fresh water in a clay vessel.

Le 14:50

and he shall slaughter the first bird over fresh water on a clay vessel.

Le 15:12

But a clay vessel that the person who discharges touches must be broken, and any wood object must be rinsed with water.

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