What Is the Layout of the Moses Tabernacle Structure?


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The outer court of the tabernacle measured 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 7 1/2 feet high. The builders set up bronze poles upon which to hang the linen curtain that enclosed the area, with the entrance located on the east side. A bronze altar sat in the outer court along with a bronze basin in which the priests washed their hands and feet.

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They overlaid the tabernacle structure with gold. It measured 45 feet by 15 feet, and it stood in the west end of the open court. They covered the tabernacle with a tent that was supported by wooden poles. The priests divided the tabernacle into two chambers that they separated by a curtain, or veil, which they suspended from five pillars.

The first, larger chamber of the structure measured 30 feet by 15 feet, and they called it the Holy Place. Only the priests were allowed to enter the first chamber, in which they placed a table, a lamp stand and the altar of incense. The second chamber of the tabernacle measured 15 feet by 15 feet, and they called it the Holy of Holies. They placed the ark of the covenant, which contained the two tables of the law, in this chamber. Only the high priest could enter this chamber, and only on the Day of Atonement once a year.

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