Holy Place

In both the Tabernacle and the Temple, the outer or easternmost room. This room in the Tabernacle measured 20 X 10 cubits (about 30 X 15 feet); that of the Temple was 40 X 20 cubits. Whilst only a heavy screen of rich tapestry, hanging from five wooden posts, extended on the whole front of the Tabernacle, in the first Temple a double folding door of cypress wood with doorposts of olive wood closed the holy place from the porch. A veil probably covered this door in Herod's temple. Inside the holy place, just in front of the veil screening the entrance of the holy of holies, stood the altar of incense; along the north wall stood the table of the shewbread, and the ten lamp-stands, five on the right side and five on the left, which seem to have superseded the seven-branched lamp-stand of the Tabernacle. It was in the holy place that the angel appeared to Zachary and told of the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1).

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