furniture

furniture

Equipment for basic human actions such as sitting, lying, eating, worshiping. In the Bible, the word usually describes the equipment (also called “furnishings”) of the tabernacle (Exod 25:9; Exod 40:9; Num 1:50; Num 3:8; Num 4:15; Num 7:1) or a person’s dwelling (tent, Num 19:18). “Furniture” applies to the equipment of the Temple (1Chr 9:29) as well. The ordinary family furniture in a typical Palestine home is less clearly evident. Items mentioned include sleeping mats or rolls (Mark 2:9), grinding equipment (Matt 24:41), a broom (Luke 15:8), a niche or stand for a lamp (Matt 5:15), and water storage vessels (John 2:6). Special accommodations for a guest might include a bed, table, chair, and lamp (2Kgs 4:10). Because wood and cloth decay rapidly, they seldom survive in archaeological ruins. The most commonly recovered furnishings are cooking pots, lamps, bowls, and grinding stones.

Exod 25:9

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Exod 40:9

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Num 1:50

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Num 3:8

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Num 4:15

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Num 19:18

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1Chr 9:29

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Mark 2:9

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Matt 24:41

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Luke 15:8

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Matt 5:15

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John 2:6

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2Kgs 4:10

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