shew-bread

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shew-bread (plural shew-bread)

  1. Twelve loaves of bread placed on the alter in Jewish Temples and renewed periodically. See showbread.
    • 1658: a long sided quadrate [...] was the figure of the Ark of the Covenant, the table of the Shew-bread, and the stone wherein the names of the twelve Tribes were engraved — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 177)

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