The Pentateuch spends more time dealing with one subject than any other. It provides a running narrative that describes the command to make it, tells how it will be financed and by whom, and gives us the names of those who will actually construct all of its component parts. It is known as the Tabernacle in most English translations, a Miqdash, or the Mishkan in Hebrew. It was to be a holy place where God would meet with and command the children of Israel. This portable sanctuary was a central piece of ancient Hebrew society but was replaced by a more permanent structure – The Temple. Was this the intention of God? Was the Temple the House of God – a place for God to dwell in? And whatever happened to the Holy Tent? Was it thrown away once the Temple was built? These questions and more are covered in this teaching on the Tavnit.


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