Sunday, September 6, 2015

Deuterocanon about location of the Tabernacle

I just wanted to make a note about Tabernacle references in deuterocanon. I only found several verses in one book but they are very interesting.

Here is an excerpt from the book of Maccabees (2 Maccabees 4-8):

4 It was also in the same document that the prophet, having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. 
5 Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. 
6 Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. 
7 When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy. 
8 Then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place should be specially consecrated.’

You can read the whole book here.

YLT Dt 32:49  'Go up unto this mount Abarim, mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, which is on the front of Jericho, and see the land of Canaan which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession;
As you can see, the Tabernacle was hidden somewhere on Mt. Nebo where Moses died. So the Tabernacle was hidden somewhere close to land of Canaan.

Unfortunately we do not know the location of this mountain and the text of Maccabees itself says that the location of the cave was lost. Therefore, this textual reference is pretty much useless but it is very interesting to say the least as it is the only near-Biblical source that talks about Tabernacle location.

Also, the book of Maccabees is not Torah just like all books of the NK (Neviim, Ketuvim) so it can't be considered an authoritative source. Since Torah include construction instructions for the Tabernacle, it would be safe to assume that the Tabernacle has been destroyed and it will be rebuilt during the next messianic event.

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