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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 29:3,23 ; Leviticus 8:2,26,31 ; Numbers 6:15,17,19 ). 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 26:2,4 ). 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 8:1,2 ).

  • A basket (Heb. dud) for carrying figs (Jeremiah 24:2 ), also clay to the brick-yard (RSV, Psalm 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").


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

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Basket'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/b/basket.html. 1897.

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