Tent of Meeting
Place of worship
The tabernacle is a portable tent of worship used by the Hebrews during the period of Israelite history in which the Son of Samson comic takes place. The outer courtyard of the tabernacle consists of a wooden altar upon which sacrifices are offered in the morning and afternoon. Tabernacle priests use the water basin in the courtyard for ceremonial washing purposes. The inside of the tabernacle contains the golden lampstand, table of showbread, altar of incense, and, behind the veil of the Holy of Holies, the ark of the covenant.
In volume six of Son of Samson, Branan returns the sacred serpent staff of Moses both Philistine warlord Amalek and the Witch of Endor successively stole to the tabernacle priests at Shiloh. After some difficulty getting the priests to listen to him, Branan warns head priest Zedekias about Lord Pathrus and Sidon's plans to raid Shiloh for the ark. Frantic, Zedekias gravely informs Branan that all of Shiloh's warriors are over in Shechem protecting that town from Philistine invasion.
At a loss as to what to do, Zedekias suggests that Branan return the sacred bronze snake to the tabernacle and, while in the presence of the Lord, seek divine counsel as to how to proceed. Branan obeys, praying submissively before the golden altar and crying out to the Lord for guidance and reinforcements for the upcoming battle. When Branan opens his eyes, the archangels Uriel and Raphael are standing before Branan, offering their swords in the forthcoming confrontation with the forces of the Philistines.
Before exiting the tabernacle, Uriel (much to Branan's naive protests) peels back the curtain and removes one of the ark's carrying poles, offering it to Branan as a weapon. The two angels return with Branan to the courtyard to train him in the use of his new weapon. While Branan swings the staff furiously around, he accidentally puts a dent in the brazen laver in the courtyard of the tabernacle. Branan scolds the angels for laughing at such a serious mistake, but the celestial warriors insist that the basin may be easily repaired.
Ultimately, with the help of his angelic comrades, Branan is able to defend the ark, the tabernacle, and the town of Shiloh against approximately 3,400 of Pathrus's spearmen.