Dictionary of Key Spiritual Terms

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  1. mchod khri/ 

    [lit. "offering throne"]

    Biblical: place where sacrifices are offered: 1) stone altar used in OT times: no as yo ho wa la mchod khri zhig brtsigs/  Noah built an altar to the Lord (Gen. 8:20); 2) altar of the Temple in Jerusalem: mchod khri lta mkhan rnams mchod khri dang mnyam du skal ba thob pa/  those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar (1 Cor. 9:13 SV); 3) the altar before God's throne: pho nya gzhan zhig 'ongs nas/,,mchod khri'i rtsar 'greng ba/  another angel came and stood at the altar (Rev. 8:3); 4) altar seen by Paul in Athens: rgyus med pa'i dkon mchog gi phyir zhes bris yod pa'i mchod khri zhig an altar to an unknown God (Acts 17:23).

    Buddhist: The table in front of an idol or god where precious things like tsampa, butter, or other offerings are placed (AMD), mchod pa 'bul sa'i khri'am stegs/  a shelf or place for offerings (TDC 854).

  2. spos 'bul sa'i mchod khri/ 

    Biblical: the altar of incense: gtso bo'i pho nya spos 'bul sa'i mchod khri'i g.yas su krong nger byung ba/  an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense (Lk. 1:11).