showbread

[shoh-bred]

shewbread

or show·bread

[shoh-bred]
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.

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 showbread

  • The golden candlestick, the golden table for showbread, and the trumpets are clearly recognizable.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn


British Dictionary definitions for showbread

showbread

noun
  1. a variant spelling of shewbread

shewbread

showbread

noun
  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)

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 showbread

shewbread

n.

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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