Hebrew, derived from SHAKAN, to dwell. A term applied by the Jews, especially in the Targums, to the Divine glory which dwelt in the Tabernacle and the Temple, and which was manifested by a visible cloud resting over the mercy-seat in the Holy of Holies.

It first appeared over the Ark of the Covenant when Moses consecrated the tabernacle; and was afterward, upon the consecration of the Temple by Solomon, translated thither, where it remained until the destruction of that building. The Shekinah was the symbol of Divine glory; but the true glory of divinity is Truth, and Divine Truth is therefore the Shekinah of Masonry.

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