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candlestick


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Candlestick  \Can"dle*stick`\,  n.  [AS.  candel-sticca;  candel 
  candle  +  sticca  stick.] 
  An  instrument  or  utensil  for  supporting  a  candle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  candlestick 
  n  :  with  sockets  for  candles  [syn:  {candle  holder}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Candlestick 
  the  lamp-stand,  "candelabrum,"  which  Moses  was  commanded  to  make 
  for  the  tabernacle,  according  to  the  pattern  shown  him  Its  form 
  is  described  in  Ex  25:31-40;  37:17-24,  and  may  be  seen 
  represented  on  the  Arch  of  Titus  at  Rome.  It  was  among  the 
  spoils  taken  by  the  Romans  from  the  temple  of  Jerusalem  (A.D. 
  70).  It  was  made  of  fine  gold,  and  with  the  utensils  belonging 
  to  it  was  a  talent  in  weight. 
 
  The  tabernacle  was  a  tent  without  windows,  and  thus  artificial 
  light  was  needed.  This  was  supplied  by  the  candlestick,  which 
  however,  served  also  as  a  symbol  of  the  church  or  people  of  God, 
  who  are  "the  light  of  the  world."  The  light  which  "symbolizes 
  the  knowledge  of  God  is  not  the  sun  or  any  natural  light,  but  an 
  artificial  light  supplied  with  a  specially  prepared  oil;  for  the 
  knowledge  of  God  is  in  truth  not  natural  nor  common  to  all  men, 
  but  furnished  over  and  above  nature." 
 
  This  candlestick  was  placed  on  the  south  side  of  the  Holy 
  Place  opposite  the  table  of  shewbread  (Ex.  27:21;  30:7,  8;  Lev. 
  24:3;  1  Sam.  3:3).  It  was  lighted  every  evening,  and  was 
  extinguished  in  the  morning.  In  the  morning  the  priests  trimmed 
  the  seven  lamps,  borne  by  the  seven  branches,  with  golden 
  snuffers,  carrying  away  the  ashes  in  golden  dishes  (Ex.  25:38), 
  and  supplying  the  lamps  at  the  same  time  with  fresh  oil.  What 
  ultimately  became  of  the  candlestick  is  unknown. 
 
  In  Solomon's  temple  there  were  ten  separate  candlesticks  of 
  pure  gold,  five  on  the  right  and  five  on  the  left  of  the  Holy 
  Place  (1  Kings  7:49;  2  Chr.  4:7).  Their  structure  is  not 
  mentioned.  They  were  carried  away  to  Babylon  (Jer.  52:19). 
 
  In  the  temple  erected  after  the  Exile  there  was  again  but  one 
  candlestick,  and  like  the  first  with  seven  branches.  It  was 
  this  which  was  afterwards  carried  away  by  Titus  to  Rome,  where 
  it  was  deposited  in  the  Temple  of  Peace.  When  Genseric  plundered 
  Rome,  he  is  said  to  have  carried  it  to  Carthage  (A.D.  455).  It 
  was  recaptured  by  Belisarius  (A.D.  533),  and  carried  to 
  Constantinople  and  thence  to  Jerusalem,  where  it  finally 
  disappeared. 
 




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