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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Table (2)

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(לוּחִ, luach, a tablet, whether of stone [as below], wood ["board," Exodus 27:8, etc.], or for writing on [Isaiah 40:8; Habakkuk 8:9; Proverbs 3:3]) OF THE LAW (only plur. in the phrases "tables of stone" [לֻחת אֶבֶן, Exodus 24:12; Exodus 31:18; or ל אֵבָנַים, Exodus 34:1; Exodus 34:4], and "tables of the covenant" [Deuteronomy 9:9; Deuteronomy 9:15] or "of the testimony" [Exodus 31:18]), such as those that were given to Moses upon Mount Sinai, being written by the finger of God, and containing the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments of the law, as they are rehearsed in Exodus 20. Many idle questions have been started about these tables; about their matter, their form, their number, who wrote them, and what they contained. The words which intimate that the tables were written by the finger of God, some understand simply and literally; others, of the ministry of an angel; and others explain merely to signify an order of God to Moses to write them. The expression, however, in Scripture always signifies the immediate Divine agency. See Walther, De Duabus Tacbulis Lapideis (Regiom. 1679); Michaelis, De Tab. Faed. Prioribus (Vitemb. 1719).



the name given to the supreme ecclesiastical court of the Waldensian Church (q.v.):

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Table (2)'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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