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
view from Mount Timna of the replica of the Tabernacle