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Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

The table in a Christian church at which the bread and wine are consecrated in communion services; a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, especially for...

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altar

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 51 words.

OE. altar, alter = OS., OHG., ON. altari; Gmc. adoption of late L. altar, altāre, altārium

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altars

in The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

March 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Late Antiquity. 133 words.

The *pagan altar (Lat. ara) shows no formal or ritual relation to the Christian altar (Lat. altare).

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Altars

Carolyn E. Tate.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures

January 2001; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of the Americas. 1514 words.

The term “altar” is applied to a variety of objects from Mesoamerica. Generally, altars were large stone sculptures, more horizontal

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Altares

Elizabeth Jacobs.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States

January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: United States History. 1107 words.

The tradition of Mexican American altares (home altars) began in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, when a wide array of religious beliefs and

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altar

Michael Clarke.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theory of Art. 80 words.

Originally the elevated table or podium on which sacrificial offerings to the deities were placed. In Christian churches the altar is consecrated for the celebration of the Sacrament. The...

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Altares

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

The tradition of Mexican American altares (home altars) began in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, when a wide array of religious beliefs and practices existed. During this time, places of holy...

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altar

James Stevens Curl.

in A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Architecture. 126 words.

Block, pedestal, stand, or table on which to place or sacrifice offerings to a deity. Jewish altars had horn

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altar

Éric Palazzo.

in Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

January 2002; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500). 457 words.

The Christian altar is a central element of the Christian liturgy: around it and in terms of it are developed

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altar

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 40 words.

sacrifice someone or something on the altar of make someone or something suffer in the interests of someone or something

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altars

Edited by M. C. Howatson.

in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature

January 2011; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical Literature. 209 words.

Sacrificial tables. As almost every religious act in the ancient world was accompanied by sacrifice, altars as sacrificial tables were

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James Stevens Curl and Susan Wilson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture

January 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Architecture. 375 words.

Block, *pedestal, stand, or table on which to place or sacrifice offerings to a deity. Jewish altars had *...

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altar

David Hey.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

January 1997; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Local and Family History. 69 words.

The focal point of a church for the celebration of the mass or communion. The altar took the form of

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Altars

Gunnel Ekroth.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical History. 2657 words.

Altars appeared in the Greek Bronze Age, usually small and portable with concave sides, although stone constructions are also known.

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Altars

Robert D. Haak.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

November 1996; p ublished online April 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Archaeology of the Near East; Religious Studies; Biblical Studies. 1062 words.

In the ancient Near East, altars are typically classified on the basis of their material and style of construction. However,

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Altars

Philip C. Hammond.

in The Oxford Companion to the Bible

January 1993; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies; Biblical Studies. 752 words.

References to altars appear in the Bible some four hundred times, including their construction, materials (e.g., unhewn stone, wood, earth,

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altar

Edited by Tom Devonshire Jones, Linda Murray and Peter Murray.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art & Architecture

January 2013; p ublished online November 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Subjects in Art. 1291 words.

Altars are one of the oldest cult objects, indicating man's veneration and propitiation of supernatural forces. They are places of sacrifice, and have come to be an integral part of...

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Altar

Dominique Collon, Ian M. E. Shaw, R. L. N. Barber, R. A. Tomlinson, G. Lloyd-Morgan, John N. Lupia, Barbara Drake Boehm, Iris Kockelbergh, Sian E. Jay, David M. Jones, Henrik H. Sørensen, Karen A. Smyers and Michael D. Willis.

in Oxford Art Online

P ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Art Techniques and Principles. 15320 words.

Table or similar raised structure used in many cultures and throughout history for sacrificial, eucharistic or other religious purposes. ( African and Afro-American altars began to...

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The Altar

George Herbert.

Edited by F. E. Hutchinson.

in The Works of George Herbert

Primary Text.

A broken Altar, Lord, thy servant reares,

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altar-frontal

Michael Clarke.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theory of Art. 11 words.

A rectangular hanging covering the front face of the altar.

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altar lights

Edited by E. A. Livingstone.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Christianity. 65 words.

The custom of placing on the altar two candles flanking an altar cross is attested c.1175. The number

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