The Tabernacle. We're perhaps used to the complicated descriptions of the role of each of the pieces of funiture in the Tabernacle, but for me I've never been satisfied by an overarching metaphor that captures its purpose. Until now. I'm only starting on the road but Hector Morrison (my OT lecturer) believes that this metaphor is the Garden of Eden. This ties in with a view of the Garden of Eden as a sanctuary - and Waltke (good ol' Bruce) sees the Garden as a place in the earth set aside for communion with God in the context of work and life outside of the garden (if I understand him correctly). For me, this is all very exciting! To you, it may be boring....!