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Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsShannon, Avram R.
EditorHalverson, Taylor
Book TitleOld Testament Cultural Insights
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsAcacia; Bible; Old Testament; Shittim; Shittim (place); Tabernacle

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In the King James Version of the Old Testament, shittim is a transliteration of a Hebrew word that refers to acacia wood. The acacia tree was found throughout the ancient Mediterranean. Acacia wood is a very hard and durable wood and also polishes and finishes well. These physical characteristics help explain why it played such a prominent role in the furnishings and materials of the tabernacle, or tent shrine (see Exodus 35:7). Numerous parts of the tabernacle were made from acacia and then often gilded or covered in metal (for example, see Exodus 38:1).

Shittim is also a place name for a site that was across the River Jordan from the city of Jericho.

Related verses

Exodus 25:5
Exodus 27:1–6
Exodus 30:1–5
Exodus 35:7
Exodus 36:20
Exodus 37:1–28
Exodus 38:1–6
Deuteronomy 10:3
Isaiah 41:19

Scripture Reference

Exodus 25:5
Exodus 27:1-6
Exodus 30:1-5
Exodus 35:7
Exodus 36:20
Exodus 37:1-28
Exodus 38:1-6
Deuteronomy 10:3
Isaiah 41:19