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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Shewbread, Table of
( שׁלחן ,
The table of shewbread is to be distinguished from the altar of incense. It has become the fashion of the newer criticism to deny the existence of the altar of incense in preexilic times, and to explain the allusion to it in 1 Kings 6:20 as the table of shewbread (so in Ezekiel 41:22 ). The other references (1 Kings 6:22; 1 Kings 7:48; 1 Kings 9:25 ) are dismissed as interpolations. The procedure is radically vicious. The table of shewbread is not an "altar," though the altar is once spoken of as a "table" (Ezekiel 41:22 ). There was only one altar of incense (1 Kings 6:20 ), but (in 2 Chronicles 4:8 ) ten tables of shewbread. See
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Shewbread, Table of'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/s/shewbread-table-of.html. 1915.