from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The 12 loaves of blessed unleavened bread placed in the sanctuary of the Tabernacle every Sabbath by the Hebrew priests of ancient Israel as an offering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The twelve loaves of bread placed daily by the Jewish priests in the Holy Place on the table.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Bread of exhibition; loaves to set before God; -- the term used in translating the various phrases used in the Hebrew and Greek to designate the loaves of bread which the priest of the week placed before the Lord on the golden table in the sanctuary. They were made of fine flour unleavened, and were changed every Sabbath. The loaves, twelve in number, represented the twelve tribes of Israel. They were to be eaten by the priests only, and in the Holy Place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among the ancient Jews, the bread which was placed every Sabbath before Jehovah on the table of shittim-wood overlaid with gold, set in the holy place, on the north side of the altar of incense.
Translation of German Schaubrot (Schau, sight, show + Brot, bread), translation of Greek artoi enōpioi (artoi, pl. of artos, loaf of bread + enōpioi, pl. of enōpios, facing), translation of Hebrew leḥem pānîm (leḥem, bread + pānîm, divine presence).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)