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Word of the Day
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Definitions for tabernacle

  1. any place or house of worship, especially one designed for a large congregation.
  2. (often initial capital letter) the portable sanctuary in use by the Israelites from the time of their wandering in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt to the building of the Temple in Jerusalem by Solomon. Ex. 25–27.
  3. Ecclesiastical. an ornamental receptacle for the reserved Eucharist, now generally found on the altar.

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Citations for tabernacle
He had a tabernacle and preached every night. Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, 1940
He had an idea what the cube-shaped structure was--it was a tabernacle of some sort, a holy chamber not unlike those found atop Aztec or Mayan pyramids. Matthew Reilly, Temple, 1999
Origin of tabernacle
One of the meanings of Latin tabernāculum, a diminutive of taberna “hut, booth, cottage” is “(soldier’s) tent.” In Roman religious usage, the technical phrase tabernāculum capere means “to choose a place outside the city walls to erect a tent from which to observe the auspices.” The Roman religious usage passed over easily into the Vulgate (St. Jerome’s edition or translation of the Bible) to translate the Hebrew Sukkoth (sukkōth) “(Feast of Tabernacles”), mishkan “residence, dwelling place,” and ōhel (mōʽēd) “tent of (meeting).” Tabernacle entered English in the late 14th century.