Definition of shewbread in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃoʊbrɛd/


(also showbread)
  • Twelve loaves placed every Sabbath in the Jewish Temple and eaten by the priests at the end of the week.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘I am teaching a Sunday School lesson on shewbread and I thought it would be good to have a sample for the class.’
    • ‘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)’.