Definitions for tabernacleˈtæb ərˌnæk əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tab•er•nac•leˈtæb ərˌnæk əl(n.; v.)-led, -ling.

  1. (n.)a place or house of worship, esp. one designed for a large congregation.

  2. (often cap.) the portable tentlike structure used as a place of worship by the Israelites during their wandering in the wilderness. Ex. 25–27.

    Category: Judaism

  3. an ornamental receptacle for the reserved Eucharist.

    Category: Religion

  4. a canopied niche or recess, as for an image or icon.

  5. (v.i.)to place or dwell in or as if in a tabernacle.

Origin of tabernacle:

1200–50; < LL tabernāculum, L: tent <tabern(a) hut, stall, inn (cf. tavern )

tab`er•nac′u•lar-yə lər(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tabernacle, Mormon Tabernacle(noun)

    the Mormon temple

  2. Tabernacle(noun)

    (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus

  3. synagogue, temple, tabernacle(noun)

    (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation

Wiktionary

  1. tabernacle(Noun)

    any temporary dwelling, a hut, tent, booth.

  2. tabernacle(Noun)

    (Old Testament) The portable tent used before the construction of the temple, where the shekinah (presence of God) was believed to dwell.

    1611 ... So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. u2014 Exodus 40:33-38 KJV.

  3. tabernacle(Noun)

    transferred to the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem as continuing the functions of the earlier tabernacle

  4. tabernacle(Noun)

    Any portable shrine used in heathen or idolatrous worship

  5. tabernacle(Noun)

    A sukkah, the booth or 'tabernacle' used during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot.

  6. tabernacle(Noun)

    A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist, normally located in an especially prominent place in a Roman Catholic church.

    1997 The tabernacle is to be situated "in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor." The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part II, Section 1183.

  7. tabernacle(Noun)

    A temporary place of worship, especially a tent, for a tent meeting, as with a venue for revival meetings.

    It was over these innocent necessary precautions that the local committees always showed their meanness. They liked giving over only one contribution to the evangelist, but they wanted nothing said about it till they themselves had been taken care of--till the rent of the hall or the cost of building a tabernacle, the heat, the lights, the advertising, and other expenses had been paid. u2014 Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry, Chapter 13.

  8. tabernacle(Noun)

    of any abode or dwelling place, especially of the human body as the temporary dwelling place of the soul, or life

  9. tabernacle(Noun)

    A hinged device allowing for the easy folding of a mast 90 degrees from perpendicular, as for transporting the boat on a trailer, or passing under a bridge.

  10. Tabernacle(Noun)

    a case on the altar of a church that contains the consecrated host and wine for the Eucharist

  11. Tabernacle(Noun)

    the portable place of worship in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant described in the book of Exodus

    1611 ... So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. u2014 Exodus 40:33-38 KJV.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tabernacle(noun)

    a slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent

  2. Tabernacle(noun)

    a portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship

  3. Tabernacle(noun)

    hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship

  4. Tabernacle(noun)

    figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul

  5. Tabernacle(noun)

    any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept

  6. Tabernacle(noun)

    the ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable

  7. Tabernacle(noun)

    a niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture

  8. Tabernacle(noun)

    hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like

  9. Tabernacle(noun)

    a tryptich for sacred imagery

  10. Tabernacle(noun)

    a seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy

  11. Tabernacle(noun)

    a boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc

  12. Tabernacle(verb)

    to dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed

Freebase

  1. Tabernacle

    The Tabernacle, according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable dwelling place for the divine presence from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. Built to specifications revealed by God to Moses at Mount Sinai, it accompanied the Israelites on their wanderings in the wilderness and their conquest of the Promised Land. The First Temple in Jerusalem superseded it as the dwelling-place of God. There is no mention of the Tabernacle in the Tanakh after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonians in 587 BCE. The fullest description of the Tabernacle describes an inner shrine housing the Ark of the Covenant and an outer chamber with a golden lampstand, table for showbread, and altar of incense. This description is generally identified as part of the Priestly source, written in the 6th or 5th century BCE. Many scholars contend that it is of a far later date than Moses, and that the description reflects the structure of the Temple of Solomon, while some hold that the description derives from memories of a real pre-monarchic shrine, perhaps the sanctuary at Shiloh. Traditional scholars contend that it describes an actual tabernacle used in the time of Moses and thereafter. According to historical criticism an earlier, pre-exilic source describes the Tabernacle as a simple tent-sanctuary.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tabernacle

    a movable structure of the nature of a temple, erected by the Israelites during their wanderings in the wilderness; it was a parallelogram in shape, constructed of boards lined with curtains, the roof flat and of skins, while the floor was the naked earth, included a sanctum and a sanctum sanctorum, and contained altars for sacrifice and symbols of sacred import, especially of the Divine presence, and was accessible only to the priests. See Feasts, Jewish.

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