Israel's "Tabernacle of the tent of meeting" (Exodus 39:32) at Mount Sinai is a Midianite Tent-shrine?

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.

08 March 2010

Exodus 39:32 RSV

"Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished; and the people of Israel had done according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses..."

Artist's reconstruction of the 12th century BC Midianite "Tent-Shrine" or Tabernacle found at Har Timna within the Hathor Shrine's sacred enclosure wall at the westside of the Arabah, a region Israel wandered in. (see p. 24, Abb. 7. Wolfgang Zwickel. Der Salomonische Tempel. Mainz Am Rhein. Verlag Philipp Von Zabern. 1999.  ISBN 3-8053-2466-9.  pp. 212)
Timna Hathor Shrine, note the stone Masseboth in a row from the Midianite Tent-Shrine era. The large granite boulder or rock on the viewer's top left next to the tall standing stone was originally atop the stone basin which was filled with votive offerings which included textiles (Taf. 3a. Wolfgang Zwickel. Der Salomonische Tempel. 1999). Yahweh is described as being "a Rock" in the Exodus wanderings, and textiles were votives offered at the Sinai Tabernacle and Moses' father-in-law was a Midianite. Perhaps Midianite religious beliefs are being recalled in the Exodus narratives?
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Please click here for photos of the Rock/Boulder (Yahweh as "The Rock"?) atop the stone basin before its removal by the archaeologists.

Please click here for a photo of the Midianite God Yahweh (?), cast in copper, and found at this tent-shrine.

Please click here for a drawing of the bronze serpent or snake found in association with the Midianite shrine, recalling Moses making a bronze serpent to heal Israelites of snake bites.