We also wound up discussing candles, lamps, and other forms of pre-industrial lighting. Candles are never mentioned in the Bible, neither OT nor NT, at least according to a quick check on an electronic concordance. Once again, caoimninolorica proved a Master of Uncommon Lore and Esoterica (M.U.L.E.), by saying he thought the Egyptians invented candles. According to this link -- http://www.candlecomfort.com/historyofcandles.html -- they developed the prototype, but it was the Romans who first put wicks into tallow candles.
In other business, we both talked over our current restlessness and I got from our conversation a greater share of peace about all the things I'm trying to wrestle with right now.