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The Tabernacle's Typical Teaching

by Algernon J Pollock

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"The Tabernacle's Typical Teaching" by Algernon James Pollock

  • ISBN-10: 0-901860-65-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-65-1
  • Price: £10.25 (UK); $17.25 (USA)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publication date: 31 July 2009
  • Author: Algernon James Pollock
  • Edition: 4th
  • Series: Understanding the Old Testament
  • Height: 216 mm
  • Pages: 236 pages
  • Illustrations: 9 black & white line drawings
  • BIC Subject heading: HRCG9, HRCG3
  • Place of publication: Crewe, England
  • Publisher: Scripture Truth Publications
  • Distributor: Lightning Source


"My first book on the tabernacle and one I have referred to many times. When, as a young Christian, I began to read the Bible with a view to understanding it, Mr Pollock whetted my appetite for the types of Scripture. I remember being thrilled by the minute detail and its spiritual application".

Short description

A comprehensive exposition of "types" - people, objects, events, offices and activities - connected with the Tabernacle, the Priesthood, the Offerings and the Feasts as described in the Old Testament, which foreshadow their New Testament "antitypes" - the realities associated with Christ Himself.

Long description

Algernon James Pollock's classic volume is an exposition of "types" - people, places, objects, events, offices, activities and institutions - connected with the Tabernacle, the Priesthood, the Offerings and the Feasts (particularly as described in the first five books of the Old Testament) which foreshadow their corresponding New Testament "antitypes" - most particularly Christ Himself.

The author wrote in a postscript to the first edition: "The reward of this modest volume will be if it whets the appetite of the reader, leading him to desire to know more of these wondrous subjects. The theme is delightful indeed as it leads the heart into contact with Christ, subduing it by a deepening sense of the meaning of the death of Christ, leading out at the same time the affections of the heart to Him to Whom the believer owes everything for time and eternity."

Elsewhere he once wrote: "We appeal to our readers, especially young men and women, to give the Bible a fair trial. Read it, study it, and seek earnestly the truth."

What others say about this book

"On the tabernacle a solid starting point." (David J. Newell, "The Believer's Library", John Ritchie)

Publisher's comments

This edition is based on the third edition, with the addition of some scripture references, notes on values of gold and silver, and attribution of most of the quotations from other authors.

Owners of the first edition will see from the Table of Contents below that when A J Pollock revised the book for the second edition he separated the chapter on "The Sin and Trespass Offerings" into two chapters and added chapters on The Cleansing of the Leper, The Ashes of the Red Heifer, Four Great Historical Types of the Death of Christ, and Melchizedek, Type of Christ as Priest and King upon His Throne. In addition, extra material was included in all chapters.

We are glad to be able to bring this book back into print after more than 40 years. We are particularly grateful to Arthur Duff for his helpful line drawings.

The publishers commend this book to you as an aid to such study, confident that as you read, your appreciation will grow of the wonder of the One who is indeed the Tabernacle's true Theme, and is Himself the Truth.

Other Books by A J Pollock are available from STP.

Table of Contents

1. The Collection of Materials for the Construction of the Tabernacle, and their Typical Meaning
2. The Significance of Numbers in the Construction and Service of the Tabernacle
3. Things Worthy of Note in Connection with the Tabernacle and its Service
4. The Ark, Mercy Seat, and Cherubims
5. The Table of Shewbread
6. The Golden Candlestick
7. The Curtains of the Tabernacle
8. The Boards of the Tabernacle
9. The Vail and the Hanging for the Door of the Tent
10. The Brazen Altar
11. The Court of the Tabernacle
12. The Garments of Glory and Beauty
13. The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons
14. The Golden Altar of Incense and the Brazen Laver
15. The Offerings
16. The Burnt Offering
17. The Meat Offering
18. The Peace Offering
19. The Sin Offering
20. The Trespass Offering
21. The Great Day of Atonement
22. The Cleansing of the Leper
23. The Ashes of the Red Heifer
24. Four Great Historical Types of the Death of Christ
25. Melchizedek, Type of Christ as Priest and King upon His Throne
26. The Seven Feasts of the Lord
Appendix: Notes

List of Illustrations:

1. General View of Tabernacle
2. Diagram of Tabernacle, with Position of Tribes
3. The Ark, Mercy Seat and Cherubims
4. The Table of Shewbread
5. The Golden Candlestick
6. The Brazen Altar of Burnt Offering
7. The High Priest in His Garments of Glory and Beauty
8. The Golden Altar of Incense
9. The Brazen Laver

Author biography

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Algernon James Pollock (1864-1957), in his own words, "had the inestimable privilege of being brought up in a Christian home". And what a full home it was! In the first sixteen years of her marriage his mother gave birth to ten children, and the arrival of Algernon, her third child and first son, must have been a particular comfort to her after the death of her second daughter, at the age of six months, just nine months earlier. He came from a distinguished line: his father worked in a bank, his grandfather had been Chief Justice of Bombay, and his great-grandfather was saddler to George III and the Prince Regent, later George IV. In later life Algernon looked back with thankfulness that "the impression lasts through life" of "what was learned at a mother's knee". At the age of eleven he made a profession of faith in Christ.

Early in life he was introduced to leading figures amongst the Brethren: John Nelson Darby was entertained in the home when Algie was about fifteen and, on discovering that no plate was laid for the young lad, Darby shared his own with him - an experience of breaking bread with JND that he never forgot!

He followed his father into banking, but his true calling was to share the treasure in heaven and spiritual food that he had found, and he left to become a full-time evangelist.

In 1901 he married Elsie Madeleine Seton (her sister married F B Hole) and they raised a daughter and three sons.

When not undertaking preaching engagements he found time to write gospel hymns, edited the "Gospel Tidings" hymnbook, and took on the editing of the magazine "The Gospel Messenger", started by Dr W T P Wolston.

In an autobiographical piece, he freely admits that as he grew up "many a time I was tempted to give up the profession of Christianity, but something held me back. Infidel doubts assailed me. Any attack on the Bible distressed me and shook my confidence. But all this only in the end led me to take a stronger hold on Christ as my Saviour."

He was also led to become an indefatigable apologist from the pulpit and in print wherever he saw the Christian faith under attack. Along with H P Barker, Hamilton Smith, J T Mawson and F B Hole he frequently contributed articles to "Scripture Truth" magazine. He wrote a number of major books and over fifty pamphlets showing the error of different cults and ideas. He is probably best known for these latter critiques of deviations from Bible-based, Christ-centred Christianity. Indeed, when in 1909, God moved two Christian laymen in the USA to fund twelve volumes (compiled by A C Dixon, Louis Meyer and R A Torrey) that would set out the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and which were to be sent free of charge to those engaged in Christian work throughout the English speaking world, it was a measure of the international regard in which Algernon Pollock's writings were held in the Church at large was that he was selected to contribute a chapter entitled "Modern Spiritualism Briefly Tested by Scripture". Between 1910 and 1915 some 300,000 sets of "The Fundamentals" were distributed.

His ministry was not restricted to the United Kingdom; he travelled in the USA in 1898, and also visited Scandinavia, India, Spain and Germany.

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