The P. source details the dimensions of the Tabernacle, which, as it happens, were at a ratio of 1:2 to those of the Temple of Solomon. It is also remarkable that the dimensions of the paroket, the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle, correspond to the size of the space under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple. In fact, the Tabernacle may have actually stood under these wings-if they weren’t stored inside the Temple elsewhere. The Babylonian Talmud states that the Tent was stored away in the temple crypts. Given the elaborate nature and design of the P. Tabernacle, it is unlikely that the P. description is the historical tent structure; it was most likely an elaboration on an historic Tabernacle, possibly at Shiloh.
At the temple of Arad, the temple altar stood as a square of five by five cubits, which were the same dimensions as those of the Tabernacle altar, and those of the altar at Solomon’s Temple. Indeed the artifacts at Arad correspond to the cultic objects of Solomon’s Temple andindeed the Tabernacle, e.g., the courtyard altar, incense altars, showbread tables and lampstand. Apparently, the P. source not only showed a reflection of the Temple, but it influenced other temples as well.
In the New Testament, St. Paul compares the very humanity of Christ to a tent which was not made by human hands (He 9:11). The Greek text of the prologue to the Gospel of St. John says the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us (“εσκηνωσεν” (eskenosen), literally “he pitched his tent”, from “σκηνη” (skene), “tent”).