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Tabernacle

(tăb`ərnăk'əl), in the Bible, the portable holy place of the Hebrews during their desert wanderings. It was a tent, like the portable tent-shrines used by ancient Semites, set up in each camp; eventually it housed the Ark of the Covenant (see arkark,
in the Bible. 1 Boat of Noah, which he built at God's command to preserve his family and certain creatures from the Deluge. 2 Ark of the Covenant, the sacred wooden chest of the Hebrews, representative of God or identified with Him.
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, (2)). In the Book of Numbers, the Tabernacle is referred to as the "Tent of Meeting" when it functioned as the place for divine revelation to MosesMoses
, Hebrew lawgiver, probably b. Egypt. The prototype of the prophets, he led his people in the 13th cent. B.C. out of bondage in Egypt to the edge of Canaan. The narrative in the Bible is the chief source of information on his life.
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. The Tabernacle rested in ShilohShiloh
, town, central ancient Palestine, the modern Khirbet Seilun, the West Bank, NNE of Jerusalem. In biblical times it lay in the territory of Ephraim. The Hebrews were, apparently, the first to build extensively on the site.
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 before it was finally placed in Jerusalem. DavidDavid,
d. c.970 B.C., king of ancient Israel (c.1010–970 B.C.), successor of Saul. The Book of First Samuel introduces him as the youngest of eight sons who is anointed king by Samuel to replace Saul, who had been deemed a failure.
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 kept the Ark of the Covenant inside it. During SolomonSolomon,
d. c.930 B.C., king of the ancient Hebrews (c.970–c.930 B.C.), son and successor of David. His mother was Bath-sheba. His accession has been dated to c.970 B.C. According to the Bible.
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's reign, the Tabernacle was replaced by the Temple as a sign that God had given his people rest from their wandering. The term is also applied to the small receptacle, used in the Roman Catholic Church, in which the Host in the ciborium is reserved on the altar.

Tabernacle

A freestanding ornamental canopy above an altar, tomb, or ornamental niche.

tabernacle

tabernacle, 1
1. A decorative niche often topped with a canopy and housing a statue.
2. A church for a large Protestant congregation.

tabernacle

1. Old Testament
a. the portable sanctuary in the form of a tent in which the ancient Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25--27)
b. the Jewish Temple regarded as the shrine of the divine presence
2. Judaism an English word for sukkah
3. a meeting place for worship used by Mormons or Nonconformists
4. a small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist
5. the human body regarded as the temporary dwelling of the soul
6. Chiefly RC Church a canopied niche or recess forming the shrine of a statue
7. Nautical a strong framework for holding the foot of a mast stepped on deck, allowing it to be swung down horizontally to pass under low bridges, etc.
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While the overall purpose of the mishkan was to serve God, and all of its furniture designed for that purpose (the ark to hold the tablets, the altar upon which to bring offerings, the table upon which to place the shew bread, the menorah to give light), some of their visual features could only be described as decorative and aesthetic.
Waltz's appearance will conclude the season at the Mishkan.
Year by year, Jews also proceed directly from the repentance and atonement of Yom Kippur to the temporary construction of Sukkot--a place of communion with the Almighty similar to the Mishkan. (4)
Starting with a narrative story of two rabbis meeting and elderly donkey-drive on the road who turns about to be a sage and provides interpretations of Kabbalah secrets, including the reincarnation of the soul, "The Zohar 5: Pritzker Edition" continues with Zohar's commentary on the mishkan, the desert Tabernacle, and the theme of prayer.
Monday, February 26, 2007, Graveside services at Mishkan Tefila Memorial Park Cemetery, Centre St., West Roxbury.
Following that critique I will turn to a discussion of traditional commentary on how God communicates with Moses around the building of the mishkan in Parashat Terumah to indicate how this material provides us with more appropriate grounds for dealing with the problems in question.
For example, at Mendelsohn's Park Synagogue in Cleveland, completed in 1950, the remarkable canopy structure covering the entire bimah is intended to represent the mishkan, the portable sanctuary constructed by the Children of Israel in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt (figure 14).
He shifts our focus to grand themes: betrayal, passion, exile and redemption, the nature of time, the meaning of the Mishkan, the essence of Covenant.
18:1) containing the Sanctuary (mishkan) and the Ark of the Covenant (aron berit Ha-Elohim).
The mishkan's design includes cherubim on the Ark, almond blossoms and branches on the Menorah and pomegranates on the priestly garb.
time in the midst of a neighborhood, and its derivative nouns mishkan
But the interesting thing is that the high priests wore shatnez, and the curtain in the mishkan, the Tabernacle, was made with wool and linen.