Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting

Tent-like sanctuary used by the Israelites until the Temple was built.

The Tabernacle
The book of Exodus relates that at Mount Sinai, Moses was given instructions for a portable tent-like sanctuary that was to be the center of Israel's worship (Exodus 25-30).   The sanctuary was called both the "Tabernacle" ("dwelling") and the "Tent of Meeting."  The courtyard of the Tabernacle was 150 feet long and 75 feet wide, and it contained a large wash basin for the priests and an altar for burnt offerings.  The Tabernacle itself was 45 feet long and 15 feet wide, and it was divided into two parts.  The forecourt contained a lampstand, incense altar, and a table with 12 loaves of bread.  The inner court housed the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written.  The Israelites took the Tent of Meeting with them as they traveled through the wilderness from Mount Sinai to Canaan. After Solomon built the first Temple in Jerusalem, the Tabernacle was no longer used (1 Kings


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