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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Tabernacle \Tab"er*na*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. tabernaculum, dim. of
taberna nut. See Tabern.]
1. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a
Dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob. --Heb.
Orange trees planted in the ground, and secured in
winter with a wooden tabernacle and stoves.
2. (Jewish Antiq.) A portable structure of wooden framework
covered with curtains, which was carried through the
wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of
sacrifice and worship. --Ex. xxvi.
3. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for
worship. --Acts xv. 16.
4. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of
Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle. --2 Pet.
5. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or
precious things was deposited or kept. Specifically:
(a) The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the
consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or
(b) A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred
painting or sculpture.
(c) Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a
partially architectural character, as a solid frame
resting on a bracket, or the like.
(d) A tryptich for sacred imagery.
(e) A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
6. (Naut.) A boxlike step for a mast with the after side
open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under
Feast of Tabernacles (Jewish Antiq.), one of the three
principal festivals of the Jews, lasting seven days,
during which the people dwelt in booths formed of the
boughs of trees, in commemoration of the habitation of
their ancestors in similar dwellings during their
pilgrimage in the wilderness.
Tabernacle work, rich canopy work like that over the head
of niches, used over seats or stalls, or over sepulchral
monuments. --Oxf. Gloss.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Tabernacle \Tab"er*na*cle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tabernacled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Tabernacling.]
To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.
He assumed our nature, and tabernacled among us in the
flesh. --Dr. J.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the Mormon temple [syn: Tabernacle, Mormon Tabernacle]
2: (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the
Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
3: (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
[syn: synagogue, temple, tabernacle]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
64 Moby Thesaurus words for "tabernacle":
Agnus Dei, Holy Grail, Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, ark,
asperger, asperges, aspergillum, bambino, beadroll, beads, candle,
censer, chaplet, ciborium, cross, crucifix, cruet, dewal,
eucharistial, fane, girja, holy cross, holy water,
holy-water sprinkler, icon, incensory, kiack, masjid, matzo,
menorah, mezuzah, mikvah, monstrance, mosque, osculatory,
ostensorium, pagoda, pantheon, paschal candle, pax, phylacteries,
prayer shawl, prayer wheel, pyx, relics, rood, rosary, sacramental,
sacred relics, sacring bell, shofar, shul, sukkah, synagogue,
tallith, temple, thurible, urceole, veronica, vigil light,
From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :
(1.) A house or dwelling-place (Job 5:24; 18:6, etc.).
(2.) A portable shrine (comp. Acts 19:24) containing the image
of Moloch (Amos 5:26; marg. and R.V., "Siccuth").
(3.) The human body (2 Cor. 5:1, 4); a tent, as opposed to a
(4.) The sacred tent (Heb. mishkan, "the dwelling-place"); the
movable tent-temple which Moses erected for the service of God,
according to the "pattern" which God himself showed to him on
the mount (Ex. 25:9; Heb. 8:5). It is called "the tabernacle of
the congregation," rather "of meeting", i.e., where God promised
to meet with Israel (Ex. 29:42); the "tabernacle of the
testimony" (Ex. 38:21; Num. 1:50), which does not, however,
designate the whole structure, but only the enclosure which
contained the "ark of the testimony" (Ex. 25:16, 22; Num. 9:15);
the "tabernacle of witness" (Num. 17:8); the "house of the Lord"
(Deut. 23:18); the "temple of the Lord" (Josh. 6:24); a
"sanctuary" (Ex. 25:8).
A particular account of the materials which the people
provided for the erection and of the building itself is recorded
in Ex. 25-40. The execution of the plan mysteriously given to
Moses was intrusted to Bezaleel and Aholiab, who were specially
endowed with wisdom and artistic skill, probably gained in
Egypt, for this purpose (Ex. 35:30-35). The people provided
materials for the tabernacle so abundantly that Moses was under
the necessity of restraining them (36:6). These stores, from
which they so liberally contributed for this purpose, must have
consisted in a great part of the gifts which the Egyptians so
readily bestowed on them on the eve of the Exodus (12:35, 36).
The tabernacle was a rectangular enclosure, in length about 45
feet (i.e., reckoning a cubit at 18 inches) and in breadth and
height about 15. Its two sides and its western end were made of
boards of acacia wood, placed on end, resting in sockets of
brass, the eastern end being left open (Ex. 26:22). This
framework was covered with four coverings, the first of linen,
in which figures of the symbolic cherubim were wrought with
needlework in blue and purple and scarlet threads, and probably
also with threads of gold (Ex. 26:1-6; 36:8-13). Above this was
a second covering of twelve curtains of black goats'-hair cloth,
reaching down on the outside almost to the ground (Ex. 26:7-11).
The third covering was of rams' skins dyed red, and the fourth
was of badgers' skins (Heb. tahash, i.e., the dugong, a species
of seal), Ex. 25:5; 26:14; 35:7, 23; 36:19; 39:34.
Internally it was divided by a veil into two chambers, the
exterior of which was called the holy place, also "the
sanctuary" (Heb. 9:2) and the "first tabernacle" (6); and the
interior, the holy of holies, "the holy place," "the Holiest,"
the "second tabernacle" (Ex. 28:29; Heb. 9:3, 7). The veil
separating these two chambers was a double curtain of the finest
workmanship, which was never passed except by the high priest
once a year, on the great Day of Atonement. The holy place was
separated from the outer court which enclosed the tabernacle by
a curtain, which hung over the six pillars which stood at the
east end of the tabernacle, and by which it was entered.
The order as well as the typical character of the services of
the tabernacle are recorded in Heb. 9; 10:19-22.
The holy of holies, a cube of 10 cubits, contained the "ark of
the testimony", i.e., the oblong chest containing the two tables
of stone, the pot of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded.
The holy place was the western and larger chamber of the
tabernacle. Here were placed the table for the shewbread, the
golden candlestick, and the golden altar of incense.
Round about the tabernacle was a court, enclosed by curtains
hung upon sixty pillars (Ex. 27:9-18). This court was 150 feet
long and 75 feet broad. Within it were placed the altar of burnt
offering, which measured 7 1/2 feet in length and breadth and 4
1/2 feet high, with horns at the four corners, and the laver of
brass (Ex. 30:18), which stood between the altar and the
The whole tabernacle was completed in seven months. On the
first day of the first month of the second year after the
Exodus, it was formally set up, and the cloud of the divine
presence descended on it (Ex. 39:22-43; 40:1-38). It cost 29
talents 730 shekels of gold, 100 talents 1,775 shekels of
silver, 70 talents 2,400 shekels of brass (Ex. 38:24-31).
The tabernacle was so constructed that it could easily be
taken down and conveyed from place to place during the
wanderings in the wilderness. The first encampment of the
Israelites after crossing the Jordan was at Gilgal, and there
the tabernacle remained for seven years (Josh. 4:19). It was
afterwards removed to Shiloh (Josh. 18:1), where it remained
during the time of the Judges, till the days of Eli, when the
ark, having been carried out into the camp when the Israelites
were at war with the Philistines, was taken by the enemy (1 Sam.
4), and was never afterwards restored to its place in the
tabernacle. The old tabernacle erected by Moses in the
wilderness was transferred to Nob (1 Sam. 21:1), and after the
destruction of that city by Saul (22:9; 1 Chr. 16:39, 40), to
Gibeon. It is mentioned for the last time in 1 Chr. 21:29. A new
tabernacle was erected by David at Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6:17; 1
Chr. 16:1), and the ark was brought from Perez-uzzah and
deposited in it (2 Sam. 6:8-17; 2 Chr. 1:4).
The word thus rendered ('ohel) in Ex. 33:7 denotes simply a
tent, probably Moses' own tent, for the tabernacle was not yet
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