A term that can designate any surface upon which any kind of offering to a deity is placed. Biblical altars can be classified according to the material from which they were fabricated, namely, stone (Judg 6:19-23; Judg 13:19-20; 1Sam 14:31-35; 1Kgs 18:30-35), earth (Exod 20:24), or metal. The first two kinds of material are associated with altars that could exist apart from sanctuaries. The third type is mentioned only in connection with the central sanctuary of Israel, the tabernacle or Temple. Two metal altars are mentioned: the altar of incense inside the inner sanctum (Exod 30:1-10; Exod 37:25-28; 1Kgs 7:20-21; 1Kgs 7:48) and the altar of burnt offering in the courtyard of the tabernacle (Exod 27:1-8; Exod 38:1-7).

Judg 6:19-23

19So Gideon went into his house and prepared a kid, and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour; the meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and ... View more

Judg 13:19-20

19So Manoah took the kid with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the Lord, to him who works wonders.20When the flame went up toward heaven from t ... View more

1Sam 14:31-35

31After they had struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon, the troops were very faint;32so the troops flew upon the spoil, and took sheep a ... View more

1Kgs 18:30-35

30Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come closer to me”; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown d ... View more

Exod 20:24

24You need make for me only an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your offerings of well-being, your sheep and your oxen; in every plac ... View more

Exod 30:1-10

The Altar of Incense
1You shall make an altar on which to offer incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.2It shall be one cubit long, and one cubit wide; it sh ... View more

Exod 37:25-28

Making the Altar of Incense
25He made the altar of incense of acacia wood, one cubit long, and one cubit wide; it was square, and was two cubits high; its horns ... View more

1Kgs 7:20-21

20The capitals were on the two pillars and also above the rounded projection that was beside the latticework; there were two hundred pomegranates in rows all ar ... View more

1Kgs 7:48

48So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of the Lord: the golden altar, the golden table for the bread of the Presence,

Exod 27:1-8

The Altar of Burnt Offering
1You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and it shall be three cu ... View more

Exod 38:1-7

Making the Altar of Burnt Offering
1He made the altar of burnt offering also of acacia wood; it was five cubits long, and five cubits wide; it was square, and t ... View more

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