An altar is any structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars are usually found at shrines, and they can be located in temples, churches and other places of worship. Today they are used particularly in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, as well as in Neopaganism and Ceremonial Magic. Judaism did so until the destruction of the Second Temple. Many historical faiths also made use of them, including Greek and Norse religion.

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Altar (Bible)
... Altars (Hebrew מזבח‎, mizbe'ah, "a place of slaughter or sacrifice") in the Hebrew Bible were typically made of earth (Exodus 2024) or unwrought stone (2 ... Altars were generally erected in conspicuous places (Genesis 229 Ezekiel 2 ... Kings 164. 238.) The first altar recorded in the Hebrew Bible is that erected by Noah (Genesis 820) ... Altars were erected by Abraham (Genesis 134. 229), by Isaac (Genesis 2625), by Jacob (3320 351-3), and by Moses (Exodus 1715, Adonai-nissi) ...
Altar, Sonora
... Altar (O'odham Wawuk) is small city in Altar Municipality in the Mexican state of Sonora ... fort, being called Santa Gertrudis del Altar and later Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Altar ... The town of Altar is situated on the important Mexicali to Hermosillo Highway (Federal Highway 2) ...
St Columba's Church, Long Tower - Refurbishments of The Church
... of gallery seating, nave and the changing of the Altar to the northern side of the church ... The High Altar was constructed with marble and supported by four pillars ... to be not strong enough to hold the large and heavy marble altar and so the pillars were changed to be made out of marble ...
Altar (Bible) - Altar of Burnt Offering
... The first altar was the Altar of Burnt Offering (mizbach ha'olah) (Exodus 3028), also called the Brasen Altar (Exodus 3939), the Outer Altar (mizbach hachitzona), the Earthen Altar (mizbach adamah), the Great Altar ... The blood of the sacrifices would be thrown against the base of the altar (Exodus 2912 Leviticus 418), and portions of the sacrifices would be burned on top of it (precisely which portions would depend upon the ... Also consumed at the altar would be some of the meat offerings, and the drink offerings (libations of wine) were poured out here ...
Altar (Bible) - Altar of Burnt Offering - In The Temple
... In Solomon's temple the altar was of larger dimensions (2 Chronicles 41 ... Because this altar was larger than the one used in the wilderness, it had a ramp leading up to it ... A ramp was used because the use of steps to approach the altar was forbidden by the Torah "Do not climb up to My altar with steps, so that your nakedness not be revealed on it" (Exodus 2026) ...

Famous quotes containing the word altar:

    Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821)

    And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
    Bible: Hebrew Exodus 20:25.

    My generation, dear Ron, swore on the Altar of God that whoever proclaims the intent of destroying the Jewish state or the Jewish people, or both, seals his fate.
    Menachem Begin (1913–1992)