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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Tent

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  • Heb. 'ohel (Genesis 9:21,27 ). This word is used also of a dwelling or habitation (1 Kings 8:66 ; Isaiah 16:5 ; Jeremiah 4:20 ), and of the temple (Ezekiel 41:1 ). When used of the tabernacle, as in 1 Kings 1:39 , it denotes the covering of goat's hair which was placed over the mishcan.

  • Heb. mishcan (Song of Solomon 1:8 ), used also of a dwelling (Job 18:21 ; Psalm 87:2 ), the grave (Isaiah 22:16 ; comp 14:18), the temple (Psalm 46:4 ; 84:2 ; 132:5 ), and of the tabernacle (Exodus 25:9 ; 26:1 ; 40:9 ; Numbers 1:50,53 ; 10:11 ). When distinguished from 'ohel, it denotes the twelve interior curtains which lay upon the framework of the tabernacle (q.v.).

  • Heb. kubbah (Numbers 25:8 ), a dome-like tent devoted to the impure worship of Baal-peor.

  • Heb. succah (2 Samuel 11:11 ), a tent or booth made of green boughs or branches (see Genesis 33:17 ; Leviticus 23:34,42 ; Psalm 18:11 ; Jonah 4:5 ; Isaiah 4:6 ; Nehemiah 8:15-17 , where the word is variously rendered).

    Jubal was "the father of such as dwell in tents" (Genesis 4:20 ). The patriarchs were "dwellers in tents" (Genesis 9:21,27 ; 12:8 ; 13:12 ; 26:17 ); and during their wilderness wanderings all Israel dwelt in tents (Exodus 16:16 ; Deuteronomy 33:18 ; Joshua 7:24 ). Tents have always occupied a prominent place in Eastern life (1 Samuel 17:54 ; 2 Kings 7:7 ; Psalm 120:5 ; Song of Solomon 1:5 ). Paul the apostle's occupation was that of a tent-maker (Acts 18:3 ); i.e., perhaps a maker of tent cloth.


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    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Tent'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/t/tent.html. 1897.

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