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01 Model of the tabernacle
The Tabernacle (Hebrew : מִשְׁכַּן‎, mishkan, "residence" or "dwelling place"), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable dwelling place for the divine presence from the time of the Exodus [1] from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. Built of gold, silver, brass, furs, jewels, and other valuable materials taken out of Egypt at God's orders and according to specifications revealed by God (Yahweh) to Moses at Mount Sinai, it was transported  by the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness and their conquest of the Promised Land. The First Temple in Jerusalem superseded it as the dwelling-place of God.



The fullest description of the Tabernacle describes an inner shrine (named Holy of Holies) housing the Ark of the Covenant and an outer chamber (Holy Place) with a 72-pound lump of gold beaten into a workable sheet, bent and engraved and tapped into the described reflector with its 22 almond-shaped bowls, knobs and flowers, as is described in Exodus 25, standing diagonally, partially covering a table for showbread, and altar of incense. This description is generally identified as part of the Priestly source (P),written in the 6th or 5th century BCE. Many scholars contend that it is of a far later date than Moses, and that the description reflects the structure of the Temple of Solomon, while some hold that the description derives from memories of a real pre-monarchic shrine, perhaps the sanctuary at Shiloh.Traditional scholars contend that it describes an actual tabernacle used in the time of Moses and thereafter.According to historical criticism an earlier, pre-exilic source (E) describes the Tabernacle as a simple tent-sanctuary.


[1] This is why the event of Arks leaving Earth after the Ascent is called Second Exodus

[2] For other uses, see Tabernacle (disambiguation)

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