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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion
Adele BerlinAdele Berlin, Maxine GrossmanMaxine Grossman

(Heb. bamah), cultic installation existing in biblical times, used by Canaanites in the worship of their gods as well as by Israelites in their worship. A high place was probably a raised platform of earth and stones, specially constructed for sacrifice, and not necessarily located on a naturally high spot. It was not a temple or shrine; it did not have any of the features of an abode for the deity, any symbols of the divine presence, or an official priesthood. Rather it consisted of a platform, an altar, and a nearby facility, probably a small chamber, in which the sacrificial meal was held (... ...

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