Clay oil lamps have been used to illuminate the Holy Land for millennia. In biblical times, oil lamps were typically small enough to fit in one hand. They were simple, practical items that both Jewish people and non-believers employed in their day-to-day lives. They were often used to light the dinner table or to navigate the darkness of the early morning or late evening.
The origins of these oil lamps can be traced to simple oil-filled bowls or potsherds (earthenware). One end of a wick was immersed in the oil and a flame was used to light the other end. It was a perfect design for quick, emergency lighting. Later lamps were made by pinching one or more sides of the bowl to create a more secure place for their oil and burner.
As their importance and usefulness grew, the design and material of the lamps evolved. Many lamps were simple and plain, while in contrast, others were elegant and highly ornamented. Lamps and lanterns are mentioned often in the Holy Bible, both as practical items and as symbols for something more meaningful.
In the Jewish Tradition
It has been the custom for Sabbath lamps to solely contain olive oil from time immemorial. The light of olive oil lamps and candles gives a holy atmosphere of the Sabbath to the family supper. It was also a major domestic item. For example, according to Jewish texts, it was one of the things a husband was required to bring for his wife even if they were no longer living together (Tosefta, Ketubot 5:8).
Oil lanterns are utilized in temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues throughout the Holy Land and the world. Clay lamps are often used to represent religious beliefs and ideas or as part of religious rituals. These sturdy little devices have been decorated with various symbols for centuries – proving themselves as an art form that could convey powerful messages.
It was common practice in ancient times for the people of Israel to decorate their lamps with Jewish symbols such as the facade of the temple, the menorah, the chalice, the amphora, and more.
Find the Oil and Clay Lamps You Need
Are you in search of complete kerosene oil lamps and clay lamp replicas? Then Holy Land Market's online shop is just the place to look. We offer biblical replica clay oil lamps based on designs from pieces recovered in excavations in Israel. A special wick, which is designed for lighting, comes with each unique oil lamp replica. With the holy light and energy of Old Jerusalem, you can turn any night into a sacred one with the lamps from our store!
The Holy Land Market site is a one-of-a-kind, carefully selected collection of artisan work inspired by the real finds made in Israel. We hope to shed some light on Jerusalem's history and culture dating back thousands of years and bring a small portion of that into your home with these items.
Explore Different Models
Each of our replica clay lamps in stock includes a backstory about the archaeological find that inspired its style, as well as an explanation of how you may connect Jerusalem's rich history with its present-day beauty. As you browse through our oil lamps page, you will find a choice between a few different sizes and styles that could best suit your taste. We also include a few metal oil lamps in this category that are decorative and practical.
The ancient oils and lamps available at the Holy Land Market are all imported from the Holy Land and are made from completely genuine material. They are carefully packaged and can be delivered to you with affordable shipping fees. Explore this page to find the finest quality oil and clay lamps for your home.