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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Torches
    On the night of his betrayal, when our Lord was in the garden of
    Gethsemane, Judas, "having received a band of men and officers
    from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with
    lanterns and torches and weapons" (John 18:1-3). Although it was
    the time of full moon, yet in the valley of the Kidron "there
    fell great, deep shadows from the declivity of the mountain and
    projecting rocks; there were there caverns and grottos, into
    which a fugitive might retreat; finally, there were probably a
    garden-house and tower, into whose gloom it might be necessary
    for a searcher to throw light around." Lange's Commentary.
    (Nahum 2:3, "torches," Revised Version, "steel," probably should
    be "scythes" for war-chariots.)