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Name of a utensil used in the preparation or the serving of food, and representing several words in the original. Passing over the use of the word in connections like 1 Chronicles 9:31 , "things baked in pans," where the Hebrew word ḥăbhittı̄m refers, not to the pan itself, but to the cakes baked in the flat pan or griddle which was called maḥăbhath (see below), and the "firepans" (maḥtāh ) (Exodus 27:3 ; 1 Kings 7:50 , etc.) which seem to have been used to carry burning coals, we note the following words:

(1) מחבת , maḥăbhath , "pan" the King James Version, "baking-pan" the Revised Version (British and American), a dish of uncertain shape and size which was used in the preparation of the minḥāh or vegetable offering. See Leviticus 2:5 ; Leviticus 6:21 ; Leviticus 7:9 ; 1 Chronicles 23:29 . On the basis of Ezekiel 4:3 it might be assumed that the pan was rectangular in shape and of good size.

(2) כּיּור , kiyyōr , rendered "pan" in 1 Samuel 2:14 . The same word is used in the phrase, "pan of fire" the Revised Version (British and American), "hearth of fire" the King James Version (Zechariah 12:6 ); and it is also translated "laver" in the descriptions of the furnishing of tabernacle and temple (Exodus 30:18 ; 1 Kings 7:30 , etc.). As it held water and was used for boiling meat and the like, it must have been a kind of pot or kettle.

(3) משׂרת , masrēth , ( 2 Samuel 15:9 ). The connection gives no clue as to shape or size except that it must have been small enough to serve food in, and of the proper shape to hold a substance which could be poured out. Some authorities suggest a connection with the root שׂאר , se'ōr , "leaven," and think that this pan was like the kneading-trough in shape.

(4) סיר , ṣı̄r , rendered "pan" in Exodus 27:3 the King James Version, "pot" the Revised Version (British and American). See POT .

(5) פּרוּר , pārūr , "pan" in Numbers 11:8 the King James Version, "pot" the Revised Version (British and American). See POT .

(6) צלחה , cēl̄aḥāh ( 2 Chronicles 35:13 ). Some kind of dish or pot. Slightly different forms of the same root are rendered "cruse" (2 Kings 2:20 ( celōḥı̄th ), "dish" (2 Kings 21:13 ( callaḥath ); and also in the Revised Version (British and American) in Proverbs 19:24 ; Proverbs 26:15 , instead of the probably incorrect "bosom" of the King James Version.

(7) λέβης , lébēs translated "pan" in 1 Esdras 1:12 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "cauldron").

(8) τήλανον , tḗganon , 2 Maccabees 7:3,5 , with the verb τηγανίζω , tēganı́zō , 7:5, is the usual Greek word for "frying-pan," but here a large sheet of metal must be meant (compare 4Macc 8:13; 12:10,20).


Whitehouse, Primer of Hebrew Antiquities , 76,77; Benzinger, Hebraische Archaologie , 70,71; Nowack, Hebraische Archdologie , I, 144.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Pan'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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