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Basket

Vessels and containers made of intertwined and woven strips of flexible materials are called by the generic term “basket” in Eng. VSS of the Bible. The baskets of ancient times were made of many different sizes and shapes to satisfy a great variety of purposes. Specific names were used for many of these different baskets, four of which are found in OT usage. In the LXX at least seven terms are used as trs. of these four Heb. words. The NT, with fewer occasions for referring to the use of a basket, uses three terms. Basketry and weaving, which were not separated in ancient times, were common household crafts, but the demand for containers was important enough to make basketry a widespread industry. In most parts of Pal. some kind of natural fiber was readily available. Commonly used were the fronds of palms, straw, reeds, rushes, sedges and grasses. A popular style of basketry was somewhat imitative of pottery. Starting with a woven base, horizontal coils were placed upon each oth