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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Pillar of Fire

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The Israelites during their wanderings through the desert were guided in the night-time by a pillar of fire to give them light (Exodus 13:21 Numbers 14:14 Nehemiah 9:12,19 ). The pillar of fire never departed from them during the night (Exodus 13:22 ) according to Shab. 33b, it appeared in the evening before the pillar of cloud had disappeared, so that the Israelites were never without a guide. God troubled the Egyptian hosts through a pillar of fire and of cloud (Exodus 14:24 ). There is a legend that Onḳ elos, by narrating to the messengers sent by the emperor to seize him that God Himself was the torch-bearer of the Israelites, converted them to Judaism (' Ab. Zarah 11a).

E. G. H. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Pillar of Fire'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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