also known as: knob, bulb
This refers to some architectural ornamenation.
Hebrew: כַּפְתֹּר —transliteration: kaphtor or kaptor
This word appears in Exodus 25:31-36 in describing the candlestick.
It was an ornamental swell beneath the cups of the tabernacle’s golden lampstand, a bulb or possibly an imitation of the fruit of the almond or the calyx of the almond flower.
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) says “bulb” or possibly a “calyx” (plural: calyxes or calyces). A calyx is “the sepals of a flower, typically forming a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud.”
“Then you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand and its base and its shaft are to be made of hammered work; its cups, its bulbs and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. Six branches shall go out from its sides; three branches of the lampstand from its one side and three branches of the lampstand from its other side. Three cups shall be shaped like almond blossoms in the one branch, a bulb and a flower, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms in the other branch, a bulb and a flower—so for six branches going out from the lampstand; and in the lampstand four cups shaped like almond blossoms, its bulbs and its flowers. A bulb shall be under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a bulb under the second pair of branches coming out of it, and a bulb under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand. Their bulbs and their branches shall be of one piece with it; all of it shall be one piece of hammered work of pure gold.” —Exodus 25:31-36 NASB
Hebrew: פְּקָעִ֔ים —transliteration: peka'im or peqaim
This word is found only in 1 Kings 6:18 and 7:24. It refers to an ornament resembling a small gourd or an egg, on the cedar wainscot in the temple and on the castings on the brim of the brazen sea.
“There was cedar on the house within, carved in the shape of gourds and open flowers; all was cedar, there was no stone seen.” —1 Kings 6:18 NASB
“Under its brim gourds went around encircling it ten to a cubit, completely surrounding the sea; the gourds were in two rows, cast with the rest.” —1 Kings 7:24 NASB
Article Version: August 31, 2017