Glossary: T

Tabernacle - 1) A tent. Numbers 24; Matthew 17. 2) A temporary habitation. 3) Among the Jews, a movable building, so contrived as to be taken to pieces with ease and reconstructed, for the convenience of being carried during the wanderings of the Israelites in the wilderness. It was of a rectangular figure, thirty cubits long, ten broad, and ten high. The interior was divided into two rooms by a veil or curtain, and it was covered with four different spreads or carpets. It is also applied to the temple. Psalm 15. 4) A place of worship; a sacred place. 5) Our natural body. 2nd Corinthians 5. 2nd Peter 1. 6) God's gracious presence, or the tokens of it. Revelation 21.

Talent - 1) Among the ancients, a weight, and a coin. The true value of the talent cannot well be ascertained, but it is known that it was different among different nations. 2) Talent, among the Hebrews, was also a gold coin, the same with a shekel of gold; called also stater, and weighing only four drachmas. But the Hebrew talent of silver, called cicar, was equivalent to three thousand shekels, or one hundred and thirteen pounds, ten ounces and a fraction, troy weight. 3) Faculty; natural gift or endowment; a metaphorical application of the word, said to be borrowed from the Scriptural parable of the talents. Matthew 25.

Tenon - In building and cabinet work, the end of a piece of timber, which is fitted to a mortise for insertion, or inserted, for fastening two pieces of timber together. The form of a tenon is various, as square, dovetailed, etc.

Teraphim - Images connected with the magical rites used by those Israelites who added corrupt practices to the patriarchal religion. Teraphim were consulted by the Israelites for oracular answers.

Terebinth - The turpentine tree.

Thummim - A Hebrew word denoting perfections. The Urim and Thummim were worn in the breastplate of the high priest, but what they were, has never been satisfactorily ascertained.

Tirshatha - The title of a Persian deputy or governor. Nehemiah 8:9.

Tithe - The tenth part of anything; but appropriately, the tenth part of the increase annually arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support. Tithes are personal, predial, or mixed; personal, when accruing from labor, art, trade and navigation; predial, when issuing from the earth, as hay, wood and fruit; and mixed, when accruing from beasts, which are fed from the ground. Deuteronomy 14; Malachi 3.

Tittle - A small particle; a minute part; a jot; an iota.

Tow - The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.

Travail - 1) To labor with pain; to toil. 2) To suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.

Tribulation - Severe affliction; distresses of life; vexations. In Scripture, it often denotes the troubles and distresses which proceed from persecution.

Tumult - The commotion, disturbance or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar and confusion of voices.