An open vessel that is wider than it is deep. Biblical references to bowls are numerous and, on the basis of vocabulary and context, indicate a wide variety of types. There were large bowls that served as banquet dishes for wine (Amos 6:6) and craters out of which the food of the main meal was apparently lifted by hand (Prov 19:24; Matt 26:23). Temple equipment included a wide range of bowls, often of precious metal, for use in sacrifices and offerings (Exod 25:29; Num 7:79; Zech 14:20). The bowl was an important element of the menorah, or seven-branched lampstand (Zech 4:2), as well as part of the capitals of the Temple pillars (1Kgs 7:41).

Amos 6:6

6who drink wine from bowls,
and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!

Prov 19:24

24The lazy person buries a hand in the dish,
and will not even bring it back to the mouth.

Matt 26:23

23He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.

Exod 25:29

29You shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold.

Num 7:79

79his offering was one silver plate weighing one hundred thirty shekels, one silver basin weighing seventy shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, bo ... View more

Zech 14:20

20On that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the cooking pots in the house of the Lord shall be as holy as the bow ... View more

Zech 4:2

2He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it; there are seven lamps on it, with seven lips on eac ... View more

1Kgs 7:41

41the two pillars, the two bowls of the capitals that were on the tops of the pillars, the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on ... View more

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