Pillars - In the Bible

Biblical references and archaeological discoveries show pillars of wood, stone and brick being used in the Near East as structural supports. Often the roof beams or upper stories of a building were held up by vertical columns. (Prov.9:1; Jud.16:25,29; 1 Kings 7:2) The wood or brick pillars might rest on stone bases. Solomon's House of the Forest of Lebanon contained rows of cedarwood pillars supporting the beams and upper chambers. Apparently the fact that the cedar was from Lebanon or the resemblance of the pillars to a forest resulted in the building's name.

Judges 16:25,29 And they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

1 Kings 7:2 He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.