Portable container with transparent openings used to display and protect a light. The Greek term used at
John 18:3 is of uncertain meaning, though some type of light is clearly intended. In John's ironic scene, the mob comes with “artificial” lights to arrest Jesus, “the light of the world” (John 8:12;
John 12:35-36,John 12:40).
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'LANTERN'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".