Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Hebrew noun אהל (ʾôhel, pronounced O-hell) is the word for "tent," as in Genesis 31:25: "Now Jacob had pitched his tent (אהלו) in the hill country." Given the essential position of tents as architectural elements of daily life, it is not surprising that the word אהל (ʾôhel) is not only used for domestic living quarters, but also appears in association with other structures. Such use is seen in the "tent of meeting" in Exodus 33:7: "Now Moses used to take the tent (האהל) and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; he called it the tentאהל) of meeting. And everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tentאהל) of meeting, which was outside the camp." The word is also used to refer to the tabernacle in Exodus 35:10–11: "All who are skillful among you shall come and make all that the LORD has commanded: the tabernacle, its tent (אהלו) and its covering."