Monday, November 17, 2014

View of the Table of the Fats

Off to the west of the main Altar's ramp, next to the silver table which held the utensils for the sacrificial service, was a marble table known as the Table of the Fats. All portions of sacrificial meat designated to be burned on the Altar were first placed on this table.
[The only exception was the Tamid-offering which was brought directly to the Altar.] Having the table made of marble kept it cool even on sunny days and thus it helped prevent the meat placed upon it from spoiling. This table also served as a stage during the daily offering of the Tamid when two Kohanim would stand upon this table and sound their trumpets.
A Kohen places a fresh cut of meat upon the
Table of the Fats.

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