Tent [N] [S] Heb. 'ohel ( Genesis 9:21 Genesis 9:27 ). This word is used also of a dwelling or habitation ( 1 Kings 8:66 ; Isaiah 16:5 ; Jeremiah 4:20 ), and of the temple ( Ezekiel 41:1 ). When used of the tabernacle, as in 1 Kings 1:39 , it denotes the covering of goat's hair which was placed over the mishcan.
Heb. mishcan (Cant 1:8 ), used also of a dwelling ( Job 18:21 ; Psalms 87:2 ), the grave ( Isaiah 22:16 ; comp 14:18 ), the temple ( Psalms 46:4 ; 84:2 ; 132:5 ), and of the tabernacle ( Exodus 25:9 ; 26:1 ; 40:9 ; Numbers 1:50 Numbers 1:53 ; 10:11 ). When distinguished from 'ohel, it denotes the twelve interior curtains which lay upon the framework of the tabernacle (q.v.).
Heb. kubbah ( Numbers 25:8 ), a dome-like tent devoted to the impure worship of Baal-peor.
Heb. succah ( 2 Samuel 11:11 ), a tent or booth made of green boughs or branches (see Genesis 33:17 ; Leviticus 23:34 Leviticus 23:42 ; Psalms 18:11 ; Jonah 4:5 ; Isaiah 4:6 ; Nehemiah 8:15-17 , where the word is variously rendered).
Jubal was "the father of such as dwell in tents" ( Genesis 4:20 ). The patriarchs were "dwellers in tents" ( Genesis 9:21 Genesis 9:27 ; 12:8 ; 13:12 ; 26:17 ); and during their wilderness wanderings all Israel dwelt in tents ( Exodus 16:16 ; Deuteronomy 33:18 ; Joshua 7:24 ). Tents have always occupied a prominent place in Eastern life ( 1 Samuel 17:54 ; 2 Kings 7:7 ; Psalms 120:5 ; Cant 1:5 ). Paul the apostle's occupation was that of a tent-maker ( Acts 18:3 ); i.e., perhaps a maker of tent cloth.
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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Tent". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .