holy of holies definition

  • noun:
    • Judaism The sanctuary within the tabernacle in Temple of Jerusalem, in which the Ark regarding the Covenant ended up being kept.
    • Eastern Orthodox Church The bema or sanctuary in a church.
    • someplace of awe.
    • alternate spelling of Holy of Holies.
    • (Judaism) sanctuary made up of the innermost chamber associated with the Tabernacle into the temple of Solomon where Ark of the Covenant had been held
    • (figurative) anything considered sacred or inviolable
  • adjective:
    • the innermost apartment associated with Jewish tabernacle or temple, where in fact the ark was kept, and where no person entered, except the high priest one per year.

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