The altar stood in "the middle of the court that was before the house," but proved too small to receive the gifts on the day of the temple's dedication (1 Kings 8:64; 2 Chronicles 7:7). At the four corners of the network were four brazen rings, into which were inserted the staves by which the altar was carried. We are indebted to the Chronicler for its exact dimensions (2 Chronicles 4:1). (CC) 43 Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, ‘Now let them use her as a prostitute,(CD) for that is all she is.’ 44 And they slept with her. As a consequence, when Ezekiel drew plans for a new temple, he gave it an incense altar made wholly of wood and of larger dimensions than before (Ezekiel 41:22). ( Exodus 30:6 ; 40:5 ) (b) The altar of Solomons temple was similar, ( 1 Kings 7:48 ; 1 Chronicles 28:18 ) but was made of cedar overlaid with gold. It is probable that the censers in use at the time of the construction of this altar and after were in shape like a spoon or ladle (see SHEWBREAD, TABLE OF), which, when filled with live coals from the great altar, were carried within the sanctuary and laid upon the altar of incense (Leviticus 16:12). (1) In the tabernacle, ( Exodus 27:1 ) ff. Ezekiel also gives a description of an altar (Ezekiel 43:13-17), but there is nothing to show whether it is purely ideal or represents the altar of Solomon or that of Ahaz, and modern writers take different views. (E) 4 The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. This was a square of twelve cubits (18 ft.), from the corners of which 4 horns projected upward (Ezekiel 43:15). Such are all they that introduce other subjects, when men should be considering what they have heard. Josephus, on the other hand, gives the height at fifteen cubits. The prohibition of steps in Exodus 20:26 and the analogy of later altars suggest that this small altar before the tabernacle was made to stand on a base or platform, led up to by a slope of earth. In the tabernacle, and afterwards in the temple, two altars were erected. (BF)34 You will drink it(BG) and drain it dry and chew on its pieces— and you will tear your breasts. Each of these four spots was the scene of some special revelation of Yahweh; possibly to the third of them (Hebron) we may attribute the memorable vision and covenant of Genesis 15. Whatever they were doing, they charged for it. 3 represents an altar found at Gezer built into the foundation of a wall dating about 600 BC. To bring home the difference more rapidly illustrations of the two types are given side by side. General Editor. Allen, Leslie C. Ezekiel 1–19 and Ezekiel 20–48 (WBC). (Note: the Hebrew word kiy can be rendered as “for” or “with”). "Riddle", in the verse above, means puzzle. Twice a day, incense was burned on the altar. Though no details are given we are able to infer their general character with considerable precision. A subsequent altar was built on the top of a mountain in the land of Moriah for the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:9). Jacob built no new altars, but again and again repaired those at Shechem and Bethel. It could have no regular pattern for the same reason. In the developed temple ritual, the same word is used for both the altar of holocausts and the altar of incense. ol'-ter (mizbeach, literally, "place of slaughter or sacrifice," from zabhach, which is found in both senses; bomos, (only in Acts 17:23), thusiasterion): V. RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS 1. 2. Altars were erected by Abraham ( Genesis 12:7 ; 13:4 ; 22:9 ), by Isaac ( Genesis 26:25 ), by Jacob ( 33:20 ; Genesis 35:1 Genesis 35:3 ), and by Moses ( Exodus 17:15 , "Jehovah-nissi"). 1915. For facility of transport it had golden rings and staves. Ezekiel 13:20. 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