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I. Hebrew Bible and Judaism – II. Christianity

I. Hebrew Bible and Judaism

According to 1 Kgs 7:49, the furnishings of the First Temple (II) included, in addition to gold and silver candlesticks that belonged the temple treasury but were not otherwise used (1 Chr 28:12, 18; Jer 52:19), “ten candlesticks of pure gold” of which five stood respectively on each side of the holy of holies. Following rabbinic tradition (b. Men. 28b), the menorah, i.e. the seven-branched (or seven-armed) candelabrum t…

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Schreiner, Stefan and Wirtler, Ulrike, “Candlestick/Candelabrum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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