holy holies

holy of holies

noun
1.
a place of special sacredness.
2.
the innermost chamber of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem, in which the ark of the covenant was kept.
3.
Eastern Church. the bema.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, translation of Late Latin sanctum sanctōrum (Vulgate), translation of Greek tò hágion tôn hagíōn, itself translation of Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm

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holy of holies
 
n
1.  any place of special sanctity
2.  (capitals) the innermost compartment of the Jewish tabernacle, and later of the Temple, where the Ark was enshrined

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Holy of holies definition


the second or interior portion of the tabernacle. It was left in total darkness. No one was permitted to enter it except the high priest, and that only once a year. It contained the ark of the covenant only (Ex. 25:10-16). It was in the form of a perfect cube of 20 cubits. (See TABERNACLE.)

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