The most common modern-day meaning of pillar is a "tall cylindrical vertical upright used to support a building," and although it was applied that way in the Bible, it was also used to translate a number of Hebrew words that covered its comprehensive literal meaning - "anything tall and thin approximating the shape of a column or tower." In Bible History, the term pillar was used for a wide range of things, from supports in the Temple, to various memorials and monuments, and The Lord's "pillar of cloud" as seen by the Israelites during their Wilderness Journey.

The Lord's Presence in the time of the Exodus (see Rock Of Ages):

Moses at Mount Sinai:

As monuments to the living or the dead:

By Jacob at Bethel:

In The Tabernacle In The Wilderness and the Temple (see Temples) in Jerusalem:

As idols:

Fact Finder: Is the true church the "pillar and foundation of Truth"?
1 Timothy 3:15
See also People or Place? and The Elect

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