or show·bread

[ shoh-bred ]
/ ˈʃoʊˌbrɛd /

noun Judaism.

the 12 loaves of bread placed every Sabbath on a table in the sanctuary of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering by the priests to God. Ex. 25:30; Lev. 24:5–9.

Nearby words

  1. shevat,
  2. shevchenko,
  3. shevchenko, taras,
  4. sheveret,
  5. shew,
  6. shewel,
  7. shf,
  8. shh,
  9. shia,
  10. shiah

Origin of shewbread

1530; shew + bread, modeled on German Schaubrot, which renders Greek ártoi enṓpioi, translation of Hebrew leḥem pānīm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shewbread



/ (ˈʃəʊˌbrɛd) /


Old Testament the loaves of bread placed every Sabbath on the table beside the altar of incense in the tabernacle or temple of ancient Israel (Exodus 25:30; Leviticus 24:5–9)

Word Origin for shewbread

on the model of German Schaubrot, a translation of the Greek artoi enōpioi, a translation of the Hebrew lechem pānīm, literally: bread of the presence

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Word Origin and History for shewbread



1530, Tyndale's word (Exodus xxv:30), based on or influenced by German schaubrot (in Luther), literally "show-bread," translating Latin panes propositiones, from Greek artai enopioi, from Hebrew lechem panim, the 12 loaves placed every Sabbath "before the Lord" on a table beside the altar of incense, from lechem "bread" + panim "face, presence." Old English translations used offring-hlafas.

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