a many-pronged fork used in the sacrificial services (1 Sam. 2:13-14; Exodus 27:3; 38:3) by the priest in drawing away the flesh

The fat of the sacrifice, together with the breast and shoulder (Lev. 7:29-34), were presented by the worshipper to the priest. The fat was burned on the altar (3:3-5), and the breast and shoulder became the portion of the priests. But Hophni and Phinehas, not content with this, sent a servant to seize with a flesh-hook a further portion.

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