Where the Tabernacle Housing the Ark of the Covenant Once Stood

Archaeologists: We Found Shilo Tabernacle

Did Israel Find Where the Tabernacle Housing Ark of the Covenant Once Stood?

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness, from the 1890 Holman Bible (Public domain illustration via Wikipedia)

…archaeologists will display their findings this week at the Shilo site in Samaria, in a conference that is to be held by the Shilo Organization.

Did Israel Find Where the Tabernacle Housing Ark of the Covenant Once Stood?

Archaeologists digging at Tel Shiloh believe this may be one place the Israelites set up the Tabernacle holding the Ark of the Covenant (Photo courtesy: Yisrael Medad)

Among the findings are holes hewn into the rock at the site [see this from 1988]. These holes, the archaeologists explain, could have been used in order to prop up wooden beams used in a temporary structure like the Tabernacle. The beams formed part of the walls of the Tabernacle, and they would have had to be fixed to the ground in some way.

Next to the hewn holes, in the northern part of Tel Shilo, structures have been discovered that date to the period between Joshua and King David.

Earthenware vessles [sic] and three large stoves were also found in one of the structures. The researchers say they were not intended for home use. This makes it more likely that the structures were part of a central public facility.

In addition, remains have been found of what appears to be the south-western corner of the wall that surrounded the city of Shilo. On the basis of this finding, researchers can also estimate where the entrance gate to the city was, and this in turn has implications for the location of the Tabernacle, which is known [only to Yossi Gurfinkel] to have been located near the entrance gate..

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