A traditional Jewish term for the indwelling presence of God. A feminine aspect of God.

She*ki"nah (?), n. [Heb Talmud shekinah, fr. shakan to inhabit.]

The visible majesty of the Divine Presence, especially when resting or dwelling between the cherubim on the mercy seat, in the Tabernacle, or in the Temple of Solomon; -- a term used in the Targums and by the later Jews, and adopted by Christians.

[Written also Shechinah.]

Dr. W. Smith (Bib. Dict.)

 

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