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Mount Timna
For throughout all their journeys the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel. - Exodus 40:38

Mount Timna lies is the middle of the Red Sea Desert on the edge of the Arava. This area is known for its copper mining, which began more than 6000 years ago.  Egyptian expeditions established an enormous copper mining expedition, beginning with Paroah Seti I through Ramses V.  The ancient Egyptians used mules to transport the copper to the Gulf of Eilat where it was transported by boats to Egypt.  The remains of ancient copper mines and smelting camps where the copper ore was smelted in special ovens can still be seen today, along with an Egyptian Temple of the Goddess Hathor.

A replica of the Tabernacle which God instructed Moses and the Israelites to build and take with them on their exodus journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The tabernacle was an elaborate portable tent that served as God’s “home” when the Israelites were in the wilderness. In it were the ark of the covenant and other holy items. It was made of wooden boards covered with layers of rich fabric (Ex. 26). The name tabernacle or tent of meeting usually means this tabernacle. However, there was another, different tent also called the tabernacle of meeting (Ex. 33:7). This was a tent that Moses used to pitch outside the camp, where he and the people could meet God. It was a temporary tent during the Israelites’ days in the wilderness, and it was not used later in Israel’s history.
 


view from Mount Timna of the replica of the Tabernacle

 


view of granite mountains (above photo)

Solomon's Pillars are the result of natural erosion of the red sandstone




 

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