altar of shittim wood
27:1 altar of shittim wood. The altar would eventually receive countless sacrificial animals, offered as burnt offerings (Leviticus 4:7), while bound to the horns of the altar (Psalm 118:27). Although most altars in ancient times did not have horns, at least one horned altar has been excavated near Beersheba. It is significant that sacrifice for sin was essential before coming into God’s presence.