holy of holies


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holy of holies

A place of awe or sacredness, as in The corporate board room is the holy of holies here. This expression is a translation of the Hebrew term for the sanctuary inside the tabernacle of the Temple of Jerusalem, where the sacred Ark of the Covenant was kept (Exodus 26:34). Its figurative use dates from the second half of the 1800s.
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I began counting the letters of Exodus 34:6-7 and noticed that, if one adds the very next word in one prayer, "Pardon" (ve-salachta)--which compresses the entire ambiance of Yom Kippur into one word, and which is the raison d'etre for the High Priest's appearance in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur--it can result in a "name" of God that has 72 letters.
He imagines Pompey the Great climbing the steps to the Holy of Holies and barking, "What the hell d'ye suppose they have in there?
The events of Jesus' life are handled by Matthew like the warp and weft on a loom as if he is weaving a new, transparent veil to replace the one that is torn in two in front of the Holy of Holies (Mt.
The Ark of the Covenant was kept in a special chamber within the Temple called the Holy of Holies (Kodesh Kodashim).
As an architect I was particularly drawn to the Holy of Holies, a place to reconnect with one's heart.
The Ark and kapporet were the only objects in the Holy of Holies, and the high priest would enter this inner sanctum only one day a year, on Yom Kippur.
Only Jesus Christ through his incarnation, suffering, death and resurrection has made it possible for us to enter into the holy of holies and have direct, one to one fellowship with God.
The real presence of Jesus under the appearance of bread was up front in the tabernacle, the ultimate holy of holies.
They were originally known as the Featherstone Tales, told by supporters of the Rovers rugby league team on their pilgrimage to the holy of holies at Post Office Road.
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God resident in the Holy of Holies in the first temple became God absent in the second.
LAST week in the Holy of Holies, the House of Commons, Steve Rotheram had his bag pinched from the terrace, despite all the security.
In that account, it was the sheikh who guided the rabbi along the paths of mystical experience, by way of the garden and the pool, until their joint entry into the Holy of Holies to encounter the Divine Reality reflected in the holy name YHVH.
The records show that there has been no significant temperature rise since 1990, and that comes from the tree-huggers holy of holies - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
After just the odd tantalising glimpse of the Tees we pass by the holy of holies and into what some folk say is the fabled land of Middlehaven.