Tabernacle History

Tabernacle, Hebrew Mishkan, (“dwelling”), in Jewish history, the portable sanctuary constructed by Moses as a place of worship for the Hebrew tribes during the period of wandering that preceded their arrival in the Promised Land. The Tabernacle no longer served a purpose after the erection of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem in 950 BC.

Tabernacle of Moses

The Tabernacle erected in the wilderness by the Moses the law giver was the first reference to this renowned structure shared with the world.

Tabernacle Complex

The entire Tabernacle complex—whose specifications were dictated by God, according to the biblical account—consisted of a large court surrounding a comparatively small building that was the Tabernacle proper. The court, enclosed by linen hangings, had the shape of two adjacent squares. In the centre of the eastern square stood the altar of sacrifice for burnt offerings; nearby stood a basin holding water used by the priests for ritual ablutions. The corresponding position in the western square was occupied by the ark of the Law situated in the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle.

Tabernacle Artifacts

The search for missing tabernacle artifacts has proven to be a daunting task. In essence, many items such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Golden Menorah, etc., were later given a more permanent home in the Temple of Solomon. Additionally, such artifacts were made from more enduring material than the animal skins that adorned the Desert Tabernacle. 

It is the mission of the Tabernacle Institute to shed light on the fate of each artifact associated with the tabernacle, including its possible whereabouts after the construction and consequent destruction of the Israelite Temples.  

Media interest in Tabernacle artifacts

The following promotional movie was produced through Hollywood greats, such as Bob Williams who’s artistic craft helped make movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Great Wall of China, the Goonies and many more such masterpieces. Dan Gordon has written and produced such success stories as Passenger 57.

David Bannister of the Tabernacle Institute
David, featured in the movie, was instrumental in bringing key elements together for both this movie and the international project it promotes.

Related Discoveries

Ancient Hebrew text has been discovered in Jerusalem. Its uniqueness is due to its remarkable similarity with modern Hebrew script font. The Tabernacle Institute and its associate Trail of the Ark are dependent on ancient Hebrew text when it comes to analysing latest information. In due time this find could well lead to further significant updates.

The Journey Continues

The Tabernacle continued its long journey through the wilderness. Its prize possession was the Ark of the covenant. The Levites (priestly functionaries) carried the Ark with them during the Hebrews’ wanderings in the desert. Following the conquest of Canaan, the Promised Land, the Ark resided at the renowned site of the Tabernacle of Shiloh, close to where the Tabernacle Institute stands today,

From Shiloh, the ark was carried into battle by the Israelites against their mortal Philistine enemies. it was a disaster, ending in defeat for them. The ark was eventually taken to Jerusalem by King David and eventually placed in the Temple by King Solomon. The final fate of both the Tabernacle and the Ark is unknown.

Trail of the Lost Ark

Tabernacle Institute

The Tabernacle Institute is a dedicated source of information about the Tabernacle. Its research programs are financed by Tabernacle Water.    


Tabernacle Water offers a range of pure ingredient products directly sourced from where the Tabernacle of Shiloh stood for over 369 years.


Address: Tabernacle Institute
D.N. Efraim 9440, Shiloh 44830, Israel

Phone: (972) 54-587-9350



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