The twelve loaves which were placed upon a table in the sanctuary of the Temple, and which were called the shewbread or bread of the presence, are represented among the paraphernalia of a Lodge of Perfection in the Ancient and Accepted Rite. Bähr (Symbolik) says that the shewbread was a symbol of the bread of life - of the eternal life by which we are brought into the presence of God and know him; an interpretation that is equally applicable to Masonic symbolism.

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