By Michael M Homan PH.D.
An exam of the functionality, shape and symbolism of old tents, in particular within the Hebrew Bible, but additionally within the larger context of the traditional close to East. Terminology linked to tents and the mixing of phrases for domiciles are firstly explored. Then, utilizing ancient, mythological, archaeological and anthropological insights, tents are tested of their manifold utilization: domiciliary, army, nuptial and spiritual. a number of parallels and types of the Tabernacle are assessed, and the Tabernacle's historicity is addressed. The paintings ends by means of interpreting a biblical word that dismisses councils: "To your tents, O Israel!"
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See also Anatoly M. Khazanov, Nomads and the Outside World (Cambridge, 1984): pp. 233-63. 87 For the association of no] with tents, see Gen 12:8; 26:25; 33:19; Exod 33:7; Judg 4:11; Isa 54:2-3; Jer 43:10. For the use of mp in house construction, see 2 Chr 34:11. 88 As witnessed by the author in Tyre, Damascus, and Amman. Note that 19th century Bedouin inhabit tents in the winter and reed huts in the summer (Claude R. 276). TERMINOLOGY 27 3b). However, the extent to which this was practiced in antiquity remains unknown.
Conversely, at times rr? and ^n can be used for a tent structure. For example, we find two anomalous references to houses in Genesis, both in the Patriarchal narratives. 68 Another possible case of this phenomenon is 2 Kgs 23:7. 69 Godfrey R. "70 However, this definition is not found elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible, and there is little reason to doubt that Dsn3 simply means homes, which here happens to be tents. Similarly, the tent David erects in Jerusalem to house the Ark is referred to as mrr IT?
58 Alternatively "the tent of my house" may refer to a tent erected on the roof to sleep under; cf. Absalom's tent on the palace roof discussed on p. 119-21, and a picture of a 18th Dynasty Egyptian house from the tomb of Thotnefer in which a bed under a canopy seems to be prepared on the uppermost of three stories (Dan Svarth, Egyptisk M0belkunst Fra Faraotiden [Denmark, 1998]: p. 21). 59 On the dating of Psalm 15, see Charles A. Briggs, The Book of Psalms, ICC (New York, 1906): pp. 112-16. 60 Compare the reference to the Temple as the "house of the tent" in 1 Chr 9:23, the meaning of which is discussed below, pp.
To Your Tents, O Israel!: The Terminology, Function, Form, and Symbolism of Tents in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East) by Michael M Homan PH.D.