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ca. 1400 B.C.E.
Oil lamps such as this, were the means of lighting homes in ancient times.
In ancient times, buildings and homes were illuminated by lamp light. Olive oil was the usual illuminant; the most common kind for household lamps, and 'pure olive oil made from pounded olives', which the Israelites were commanded to supply for the 'Ten of the Presence'. (Exodus 27:20) Wicks were probably made of twisted flax. The capable wife... never puts out her lamp at night (Prov. 31:10,18) because of the difficulty of relighting a lamp before the invention of matches.

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