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Pottery

POTTERY. Pottery making is one of the oldest crafts in Bible lands. James L. Kelso and J. Palin Thorley have termed pottery “the first synthetic to be discovered by mankind...an artificial stone produced by firing clay shapes to a temperature sufficiently high to change the physical and chemical properties of the original clay into a new substance with many of the characteristics of stone” (“Palestinian Pottery in Bible Times,” BA, 8, 1945, p. 82). References, both literal and figurative, to the potter and his products occur throughout the Scriptures.