barrel; pitcher

Boyd’s Bible Dictionary:

Concise Bible Dictionary:

Antique jar in the patio of Dar el Azim museum.

Strong’s Dictionary of Hebrew Words:

from an unused root meaning to deepen; properly, a pail; but generally of earthenware; a jar for domestic purposes
KJV Usage:
barrel, pitcher

From Manners and Customs of the Bible:

1. Water is usually carried by women. See note on Genesis 24:1515And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. (Genesis 24:15) (#32). Therefore the sight of a man carrying water would more readily attract attention. Hackett says: “I recollect but two instances in which I saw a man bearing a pitcher of water; and I think that the manner in which the Saviour refers to such a circumstance (he mentions it as a sign) implies that it was not common” (Illustrations of Scripture, p. 89).

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