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The Theology of the Tabernacle

July 14th, 2020 | 2 min read

By Caleb Wait

Matt, Derek, and Alastair take a respite from discussions surrounding current events to take up the biblical theological topic of the tabernacle. Listen in to hear how the tabernacle motif is carried throughout scripture and why it isn’t merely a tool of foreshadowing or a recipe for aesthetics in churches today.


What role does the tabernacle play in biblical theology? [0:00 – 6:16]

If the tabernacle motif harkens back to creation, does it minimize the significance of creation? [6:16 – 11:10]

The story of redemption mirrored in the tabernacle [11:10 – 14:39]

The story of the flood as the backdrop of the story of the tabernacle [14:39 – 16:48]

The tabernacle as the place of God’s holiness, a place where he is as he is in himself [16:58 – 21:03]

The tabernacle as a mode of theology [21:03 – 24:46]

Do these theological connections and motifs actually mean anything practically? [24:46 – 31:40]

Why shouldn’t we view the structure of the tabernacle as something for humanity’s good? And should Presbyterians fight against vestments or embrace them? [31:40 – 38:15]

Why the tabernacle does not allow us to be too caught up with aesthetics [38:15 – 46:02]

Resources mentioned:

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus by L. Michael Morales

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