Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Alter in the synagogue at SardisAn altar is any structure upon which sacrifices or other offerings are offered for religious purposes.

Altars in the Hebrew BibleAltars (Hebrew mizbe'ah (מזבח), from a word meaning "to slay") in the Hebrew Bible were typically made of earth (Ex. 20:24) or unwrought stone (Ex. 20:25). Altars were generally erected in conspicuous places (Genesis 22:9; Ezekiel 6:3; 2 Kings 23:12; 16:4; 23:8.) The first altar recorded in the Hebrew Bible is that erected by Noah (Genesis 8:20). Altars were erected:

  • By Abraham (Genesis 12:7; 13:4; 22:9),
  • by Isaac (Genesis 26:25),
  • by Jacob (Genesis 33:20; 35:1, 3),
  • and by Moses (Exodus 17:15, Jehovah-nissi).


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