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or show·bread

noun Judaism.
  1. 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.
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Origin of shewbread

1530; shew + bread, modeled on German Schaubrot, which renders Greek ártoi enṓpioi, translation of Hebrew leḥem pānīm
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Historical Examples of shewbread

  • But did not David eat of the shewbread in pressing circumstances?

    The Last Miracle

    M. P. Shiel

  • But there were no lamps to give light; there was no shewbread for food.

  • Enoch calls the shewbread of the second Temple polluted and unclean.

  • No one, was the saucy answer; theres no kail in the kirks; then with a laugh, The ministers eat all the shewbread.

  • Such were the cakes of shewbread, the meal and drink offerings, the first sheaf at Passover, the two loaves at Pentecost.

British Dictionary definitions for shewbread



  1. 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)
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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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