A hand-sized vessel containing hot coals on which incense was sprinkled. Brass censers (NRSV: “firepans”) were used in the tabernacle (Exod 27:3) and in the First Temple (1Kgs 7:50), while gold censers were among the Temple vessels carried off to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar overthrew Israel, burned the Temple, and carried the people into exile in Babylon (2Kgs 25:15).

Exod 27:3

3You shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze.

1Kgs 7:50

50the cups, snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and firepans, of pure gold; the sockets for the doors of the innermost part of the house, the most holy place, ... View more

2Kgs 25:15

15as well as the firepans and the basins. What was made of gold the captain of the guard took away for the gold, and what was made of silver, for the silver.

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