Archeologists Discover Foundations of the Tabernacle in the Holy Land

Archaeologists believe they have found the exact site of the Tabernacle mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Judges

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Newsroom (08/09/2023, 11:13, Gaudium Press) Professionals currently working at the archaeological site of Silo, in the Holy Land, are enthusiastic about new discoveries and believe they have identified elements related to the Tabernacle of the Lord, as described in the Book of Judges.

The word “Shiloh” is mentioned 32 times in the Holy Scriptures and is one of the most significant sites in Israel’s history. It is often quoted in the Bible, especially in the Book of Judges. It was in Shiloh that the territory of the Promised Land was divided by Joshua between the twelve tribes of Israel. In addition, it was there that Hannah asked the Lord for the blessing of having a son, Samuel, who would become a future prophet and anoint the first kings of Israel.

The Tabernacle of the Lord remained in Shiloh for more than 400 years until King David decided to build a temple for the Ark of the Covenant. The archaeological site of Shiloh, where important discoveries continue to be made, provides evidence that confirms the biblical narrative.

Recently, Dr. Scott Stripling, the director of the excavations, stated that archaeologists have found the foundations of a huge building that suggest it was the Tabernacle. Among the various discoveries, some elements resemble the Gate of Silo, a historical site mentioned in the biblical narrative.

According to the Bible, it was at the gate of Shiloh that Eli, the High Priest of the time, received the news that the Ark of the Covenant had been captured by the Philistines and that his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, had been killed. On receiving this news, Eli fell backwards and died (1 Sam 4:18).

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All these archaeological discoveries contribute to archaeologists continuing to work hard in the search for new historical evidence. However, Dr. Stripling is cautious about definitively stating that the foundations are “the Tabernacle”, although the dimensions of the building are in line with the biblical account.

If the hypotheses are confirmed, archaeologists will be able to show the exact location of the Holy of Holies, the place of the Ark of the Covenant. “This is where the Bible comes to life,” explained Stripling, describing the sensation of working on a historic site like Silo. The next stage of the work consists of excavating the deposit of animal bones that were offered as oblations in the Tabernacle, including lambs, goats and cattle. (FM)

With information from CBN.

Compiled by Teresa Joseph

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