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Usually a cup-shaped vessel on the end of a long handle (Lev 10:1) or a bowl sitting on a pedestal (Ezek 8:1). Censers were filled with incense and burning coals in order to emit a pleasant odor (Exod 25:38; 27:3; Lev 10:1; Ezek 8:11).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
CENSERS. Hand-held devices in which incense was placed along with burning coals; the burning spices would provide a pleasing odor. These devices could be either cup-shaped vessels at the end of a long handle, or bowls set onto an upright pedestal. The former is probably indicated by maḥtāh (Lev 10:1,
FIREPAN [Heb maḥtâ (מַחְתָּה)]. A receptacle used to carry live coals to or from the altars of both the tabernacle and the Temple. Since it held burning coals, as did censers, it could be used as a censer when incense was sprinkled on the coals. The firepans that were part of the tabernacle’s array
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Censer. Vessel used to burn incense. On the Day of Atonement the high priest was to burn two handfuls of incense in the censer within the Holy of Holies before the Lord (Lv 16:12). The censers of the tabernacle were made of bronze (Nm 16:39); those used by the angels in the Book of Revelation were of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Firepan [Heb. maḥtâ ] (Nu. 4:14; 1 K. 7:50; 2 K. 25:15; 2 Ch. 4:22; Jer. 52:19); AV also CENSER. A vessel for carrying coals. Brazen firepans were part of the furnishings of the altar of burnt offerings (Nu. 4:14). In 1 K. 7:50; 2 K. 25:15; 2 Ch. 4:22; Jer. 52:19 the firepans were apparently of gold
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CENSER Vessel used to burn incense. On the Day of Atonement, the high priest was to burn two handfuls of incense in the censer within the Holy of Holies before the Lord (Lv 16:12). The censers of the tabernacle were made of bronze (Nm 16:39); those used by the angels in the book of Revelation were of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
censer, a small hand-size vessel containing hot coals on which incense was sprinkled. Brass censers (nrsv: “firepans”) were used in the tabernacle (Exod. 27:3) and in the first Jerusalem temple (1 Kings 7:50), while gold censers were among the temple vessels carried off to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CENSER. The Heb. maḥtâ, commonly translated “censer,” is a general word meaning any sort of firepan. It is used not only for true censers, i.e., vessels in which coals of fire were placed to burn incense (Lev 10:1; 16:12; Num 16:6 ff.), but of ordinary firepans used to carry away the ashes of the altar
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CENSER. In many rituals an *altar was specifically devoted to the burning of incense. Its form was usually either a bowl mounted on a pedestal, often conical in shape, i.e. ‘incense-altar’ (Heb. miqṭereṯ, lxx thymiatērion, 2 Ch. 26:19; Ezk. 8:11); so translate for censer (av) in Heb. 9:4 (B. F. Westcott,
FIREPAN (Heb. maḥtâ, from ḥaṯâ, ‘to snatch up’). A bowl-shaped utensil with a handle used in connection with the tabernacle and Temple services for three different purposes. 1. In some passages it refers to the snuffdish made of gold, which held the pieces of burnt lamp-wick removed by the tongs
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
CenserA small container for carrying hot coals, used in the service of the tabernacle (Exod. 25:38; 27:3; Lev. 16:12). The censer held live coals onto which incense was placed, creating a thick smoke and probably a pleasing smell. Heb. maḥtâ is also glossed as “tray,” “pan,” and “firepan,” terms which
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CENSER A metal receptacle or container used to carry coals for the burning of incense (Lev 10:1; 16:12). It had a handle and may have resembled a short shovel. The censers of the Tabernacle were made of bronze (Exod 27:3); those of Solomon’s Temple were made of gold (1 Kgs 7:50; 2 Kgs 25:15; 2 Chr 4:22).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Censer, a small portable vessel of metal fitted to receive burning coals from the altar, and on which the incense for burning was sprinkled. 2 Chron. 26:19; Luke 1:9. The only distinct precepts regarding the use of the censer are found in Lev. 16:12 and in Num. 4:14. Solomon prepared “censers of pure
Firepan, one of the vessels of the temple service. Ex. 27:3; 38:3; 2 Kings 25:15; Jer. 52:19. The same word is elsewhere rendered “snuff-dish,” Ex. 25:38; 37:23; Num. 4:9, and “censer.” Lev. 10:1; 16:12; Num. 16:6ff. There appear, therefore, to have been two articles so called: one, like a chafing-dish,