The altar is a board on four wooden pillars having upon it a small slab (tabut) of alabaster, marble, or shittim wood, which forms its essential part.
Conflicting views are represented (on which see MoAB), but at length Shittim was reached and preparations were made to cross the Jordan into the promised land.
Natureworship, as in Israel, lay at the foundation, and the impure rites of Shittim and Baal-Peor (Num.
Acacia seyal is supposed to be the shittah tree of the Bible, which supplied shittim-wood.
The Israelites are at Abel-Shittim (already reached in Num.