Do we have archaeological evidence the tabernacle was at Shiloh?

During the midst of the allocation of the land to the various tribes of Israel, all of them gathered at Shiloh (Shilo) and set up the tent of meeting or tabernacle (Hebrew mishkan) (Joshua 18:1), which is also called the house of God in Joshua 18:31. Here they made the final division of the land (Joshua 18:8-10).

Then the whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay subdued before them. (Joshua 18:1 ESV)

Several Israeli newspapers are reporting  a brief notice that archaeologists have discovered holes in the ground at Shiloh which could have held the beams of the Tabernacle. The account in Israel Hayom (Tuesday July 2) is found here.

The findings, which will be presented at a conference of the Shiloh Association scheduled to take place this week in ancient Shiloh, include the discovery of holes carved into the ground which could have held the beams of a temporary structure.

I have visited Tel Shiloh three times in the past five years. The area where the tabernacle is thought to have stood looked this way in May of this year. It was difficult to see what archaeological work was being done. Some of the area looked more like reconstruction.

Area where the tabernacle is thought to have stood at Shiloh. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins, May 2013.

Area where the tabernacle is thought to have stood. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins, May 2013.

Below is a photo of the tabernacle in the wilderness in the park at Timna, a few miles north of Eilat.

The tabernacle in the wilderness at Timna. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The tabernacle in the wilderness at Timna. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We await more information.

There is a web site devoted to Tel Shiloh, but it needs to be updated.

HT: Joseph I. Lauer

2 responses to “Do we have archaeological evidence the tabernacle was at Shiloh?

  1. Pingback: Possible Site of Tabernacle at Shiloh | Exploring Bible Lands

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