It is said after the people had made a covenant with God,Moses took the blood and sprinkled the book of the covenant,the people,as well as the tabernacle.

Hebrews 9:19 NASB

19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the [v]tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.

Though the tabernacle was not dedicated at the same time with the covenant seeing it had not yet been constructed.When it was eventually constructed there is no mention of it being sprinkled with the blood.

Exodus 40:9 NASB

9 Then you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and shall consecrate it and all its [f]furnishings; and it shall be holy.

So why does the author of the book of Hebrews say the tabernacle was also sprinkled with the blood?

  • See Exodus 24, which comes right before Exodus 25.
    – Lucian
    Jun 24 '19 at 12:00
  • @Lucian Are you referring to Exodus 24:8 in that Moses sprinkled blood on the people, and are you therefore saying that the people were the tabernacle ?
    – Nigel J
    Jun 24 '19 at 17:21
  • @NigelJ: The sprinkling with blood comes right before the chapters dealing with the Tabernacle.
    – Lucian
    Jun 24 '19 at 22:34
  • @Lucian I am still trying to find what you mean. Could you define it by the specific text, perhaps ?
    – Nigel J
    Jun 24 '19 at 22:39
  • @NigelJ: Paul conflates two consecutive events. (An interesting question would be whether Talmudic tradition does the same).
    – Lucian
    Jun 24 '19 at 22:43

The action recorded in Heb 9:21 of Moses sprinkling the tabernacle and all the vessels of the tabernacle with blood is nowhere recorded in the Torah. Therefore, we may assume that this is one of the many details that later inspiration records that is not recorded earlier. Here are some further examples:

  • Elijah's drought lasted 3½ years Luke 4:25, James 5:17
  • Following His resurrection, Jesus appeared to 500 people at once, 1 Cor 15:6 (this detail is not recorded in any of the gospels)
  • The patriarch "Cainan" between Mahalaleel and Enosh, Luke 3:37

The pulpit commentary observes this "omission" in the Torah with the remarks on Heb 9:21.

It is true that no sprinkling of the tabernacle or its furniture with blood is mentioned in the Pentateuch; only the anointing of them with oil (Leviticus 8:10). But the garments of Aaron and his sons are said on that occasion to have been sprinkled with the blood as well as with the anointing oil (Hebrews 8:30), and Josephus ('Ant.,' 3:08. 6) says that this blood-sprinkling was extended also to the tabernacle and its vessels (τήν τε σκηνὴν καὶ τὰ περὶ αὐτὴν σκεύη). Here, as well as in ver. 19, our writer may be supposed to follow the traditional account, with which there is still nothing in the Pentateuch inconsistent.

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