Doors of the Bible
Various types of doors are mentioned in Scripture.
Doors of walled city gates
Then Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. …Now the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. …Joiada the son of Paseah and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah repaired athe Old Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars. —Nehemiah 3:1-6 NASB excerpt
Doors were hung on hinges (pivots of wood or other material fastened in sockets above and below).
Door locks, bars and bolts
Doors were normally fastened shut with a bar, bolt or lock. Some had keyed locks.
Then Ehud went out into the vestibule and shut the doors of the roof chamber behind him, and locked them. …his servants came and looked, and behold, the doors of the roof chamber were locked; …They waited until they became anxious; but behold, he did not open the doors of the roof chamber. Therefore they took the key and opened them, and behold, their master had fallen to the floor dead. —Judges 3:23-25 NASB excerpt
Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; … —Judges 16:3 NASB excerpt
…On the handles of the bolt. —Song of Songs 5:5 NASB excerpt
…set a bolt and doors… —Job 38:10 NASB excerpt
Curtains, as substitutes
Our Lord says of himself, “I am the door” (John 10:9).
The “valley of Achor” is called a “door of hope,” because immediately after the execution of Achan the Lord said to Joshua, “Fear not,” and from that time Joshua went forward in a career of uninterrupted conquest.
See: door posts
Angels can open doors and gates