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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
lan´tērn ( φανός , phanós , φαίνω , phaı́nō , "to give light"): Lanterns were carried by the mob which arrested Jesus in Gethsemane ( John 18:3 , probably better "torches"). The word "lantern" in the time of early versions had a much wider significance than now. The Romans, however, had lanterns in the times of Christ, made by use of translucent skins, bladders, or thin plates of horn.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Lantern'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/l/lantern.html. 1915.