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Definition of Tabernacle


  1. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent.
  2. A portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship.
  3. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
  4. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul.
  5. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
  6. The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.
  7. A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.
  8. Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like.
  9. A tryptich for sacred imagery.
  10. A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
  11. A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc.
  12. To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.

Tabernacle Quotations

I remember the day of my baptism very vividly. I was baptized in the baptismal font in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Those who were being baptized put on white coveralls, and one by one were gently taken down the steps into the water.
James E. Faust

When I was a deacon, my father took me and my older brother to general priesthood meeting in the Tabernacle. I remember how thrilled I was to be in the presence, for the first time, of the prophet of God, President Heber J. Grant, and the other prophets and apostles.
James E. Faust

I think the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is as great as it is because it's become it's a labor of love. They love what they do.
Charles Osgood

The human body is the tabernacle of the spirit, and God expects that it be kept clean and unimpaired.
Ezra Taft Benson

The representation of the tabernacle arose out of the temple of Solomon as its root, in dependence on the sacred ark, for which there is early testimony, and which in the time of David, and also before it, was sheltered by a tent.
Julius Wellhausen
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Tabernacle Translations

tabernacle in Dutch is tabernakel
tabernacle in Swedish is tabernakel
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