Zev Radovan, courtesy of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

Pedestal lamps were used again after the tenth century B.C. A seven-spouted lamp from Tel Dan dates somewhat earlier—to the end of Iron Age I. In Zechariah 4, the prophet describes a gold lampstand. “The lamps on it are seven in number, and the lamps above it have seven spouts.” The word used for spouts, mutzakot (mutzakah, singular), is the noun form of the verb ytzq, meaning “to pour, flow”