Basket [N] [S]

There are five different Hebrew words so rendered in the Authorized Version:

  • A basket (Heb. sal, a twig or osier) for holding bread ( Genesis 40:16 ; Exodus 29:3 Exodus 29:23 ; Leviticus 8:2 Leviticus 8:26 Leviticus 8:31 ; Numbers 6:15 Numbers 6:17 Numbers 6:19 ). Sometimes baskets were made of twigs peeled; their manufacture was a recognized trade among the Hebrews.

  • That used (Heb. salsilloth') in gathering grapes ( Jeremiah 6:9 ).

  • That in which the first fruits of the harvest were presented, Heb. tene, ( Deuteronomy 26:2 Deuteronomy 26:4 ). It was also used for household purposes. In form it tapered downwards like that called corbis by the Romans.

  • A basket (Heb. kelub) having a lid, resembling a bird-cage. It was made of leaves or rushes. The name is also applied to fruit-baskets ( Amos 8:1 Amos 8:2 ).

  • A basket (Heb. dud) for carrying figs ( Jeremiah 24:2 ), also clay to the brick-yard (RSV, Psalms 81:6 ), and bulky articles ( 2 Kings 10:7 ). This word is also rendered in the Authorized Version "kettle" ( 1 Samuel 2:14 ), "caldron" ( 2 Chronicles 35:13 ), "seething-pot" ( Job 41:20 ).

    In the New Testament mention is made of the basket (Gr. kophinos, small "wicker-basket") for the "fragments" in the miracle recorded Mark 6:43 , and in that recorded Matthew 15:37 (Gr. spuris, large "rope-basket"); also of the basket in which Paul escaped ( Acts 9:25 , Gr. spuris; 2 Corinthians 11: : 33 , Gr. sargane, "basket of plaited cords").

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Basket". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .