tabernacle (Tab´uhr-nak´uhl; also called the “tent of meeting”)

The portable sanctuary of the Israelites during the wilderness period, according to the Pentateuch and related texts. The directions for building it are given in (Exod 25-30), and the account of its actual construction follows in (Exod 35-40). It consisted of a rectangular enclosure, within which was another building that contained, behind a veil, the Holy of Holies with the Ark; before the veil stood the altar of incense, the seven-branched lampstand, and the table for the Bread of the Presence (Exod 25:30). When the Israelites moved about during their wilderness wanderings, the whole tabernacle was dismantled by the Levites and reerected wherever the tribes pitched camp (Num 1:51). For the NT writers, the significance of the tabernacle is found in the belief that it is but the earthly representative of a heavenly counterpart (Heb 8:2; Heb 8:5; Heb 9:22; Exod 25:40). In (Acts 7:44-50), the wilderness tabernacle, made according to the pattern of the one in heaven, is contrasted with Solomon’s Temple made with hands. See also (Rev 13:6; Rev 15:5; Rev 21:3).

Exod 25-30

Offerings for the Tabernacle
1The Lord said to Moses:2Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receiv ... View more

Exod 35-40

Sabbath Regulations
1Moses assembled all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:2Six da ... View more

Exod 25:30

30And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me always.

Num 1:51

51When the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And any outsider who ... View more

Heb 8:2

2a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent that the Lord, and not any mortal, has set up.

Heb 8:5

5They offer worship in a sanctuary that is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly one; for Moses, when he was about to erect the tent, was warned, “See that you ma ... View more

Heb 9:22

22Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

Exod 25:40

40And see that you make them according to the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.

Acts 7:44-50

44“Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had se ... View more

Rev 13:6

6It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

Rev 15:5

5After this I looked, and the temple of the tent of witness in heaven was opened,

Rev 21:3

3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and Go ... View more

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