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”).



7 Responses to “Tabernacles”

  1. Phillip T. Says:

    wow Cliff, your blog is really awesome. i’ve been looking for a substantial blog to follow for a long time, and now i’ve found one. all three of your posts are really informative (now i know what a dalmatic is!), great job!

    oh and Cliff, for your next blog post can you comment on when you think womenpriests will be allowed to serve in the Catholic Church? you’re a huge fan of them, right? haha

  2. cathcandy Says:

    Well Phillip, I like to remember what Archbishop Sheen said on the matter of women priests. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “If our Lord would have ordained women, He would have definitely ordained His own Blessed Mother, free of sin, but He did not.” I am a “fan” of them, only because I find the phenomenon so intriguing. They have some very creative points for their side of the argument, but they don’t hold a candle to the wisdom of the Church, because she knows the High Priest since she is His bride.
    As far as commenting on them, I dont know. This isnt supposed to be a blog with an “agenda”, just eye candy. Liturgical questions we can deal with though, so bring them on up!

  3. Carrie de Says:

    Hi, Cliff!!
    I didn’t really read this post in detail, but it made me very happy to see the “P source”. I feel like no one I talk to now knows anything about Old Testament authorship, and I always feel like I’m taking away a child’s innocence when I mention it. :p
    And next school year I’m helping to teach RCIC! I’m so excited!! 🙂
    ~ Carrie

    • cathcandy Says:

      Thanks Carrie, I am applying mostly what I’ve learned in my seminary classes here on the blog. I was checking your LJ the other day, oh my gosh your life is looking exciting. I am glad you chose Chad, I always liked him for you! I can’t believe you’re going to have a baby soon!

  4. Chris Berke Says:

    When visiting Milwaukee several years ago, we visited a the Basilica of St. Josaphat, a beautiful Romanesque church built by the Polish community of that city. I was impressed by the baldacchino over the high altar – it had an inscription which reads: “Ecce Tabernculum Dei Cum Hominibus” Behold the dwelling place of God with Man. BEAUTIFUL!

  5. MCH Says:

    That last tabernacle isn’t half bad. Very elegant for a modern design, actually.

  6. cathcandy Says:

    The last tabernacle would have qualified as an aumbry if it had been made about 600 years ago

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