Separating the Most Holy from the Holy

The 'Veil' in the Tabernacle and First & Second Temples

By Tim Hegg

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extant data, both biblical and extra-biblical, to determine as far as possible the manner in which the Most Holy Place is separated from the Holy Place in the Tabernacle (mishkan) and subsequent Temples (heichal). Such a determination is valuable not only for the interpretation of the biblical texts which directly describe the physical characteristics of the mishkan and heichalot, but also for an understanding of the application as applied to the work of Yeshua, especially in the Apostolic Scriptures.

Terminology of the Mishcan

The terminology of the Tanakh in designating the inner room of the mishkan is usually hakodashim, “the holy of holies.”1 The similar term, םי ִשׁ ָ ד ָ ק שֶׁ דֹק םי ִשׁ ָ ד ֳ קּ ַ ה שֶׁ דֹק , kodesh , kodesh kodeshim, “holy of holies” (without the article) is used of holy objects (altar, offerings, incense, anointing oil, priestly garments, etc.).2


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1 Ex 26:33; 1Kin 6:16; 7:50; 8:6; Ezek 41:4; 1Chr 6:49; 2Chr 3:10; 4:22; 5:7.
2 Ex 29:37; 30:10, 29, 36; 40:10; Lev 2:3, 10; 6:17[10], 25[18], 29[22]; 7:1, 6; 10:12, 17; 14:13; 24:9; 27:28; Num 18:9; Eze 43:12; 48:12; 1Chr 23:13.

Tim Hegg

President / Instructor

Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.