One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Twelve loaves placed every Sabbath in the Jewish Temple and eaten by the priests at the end of the week.
- ‘I am teaching a Sunday School lesson on shewbread and I thought it would be good to have a sample for the class.’
- ‘In the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, a beautiful antitype of the table of shewbread is seen.’
- ‘Interestingly the manna did not fall on Sabbath, but the shewbread was renewed each Sabbath.’
- ‘The obvious objection is that the shewbread was eaten only by the priests.’
- ‘Golden dishes, in which the shewbread was carried, and golden lateral plates, further to protect it on the stand, are also mentioned by the Rabbis.’
Mid 16th century: suggested by German Schaubrot, representing Hebrew leḥem pānīm, literally ‘bread of the face (of God)’.
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