Was the Shekinah really a cloud? I know it shaded the people, but did it produce rain? Is it thought of as a cloud because that was the only word to describe what the people saw?
The two passages that raise questions in my mind are:
- Num 9:15-23 where the tabernacle was a cloud by day and appeared fiery by night, centered on the tabernacle
- Exo 13:21 where the cloud appeared in a pillar form to lead the people
Alternating cloud and fire seem to be common attributes of the shekinah glory. And it appears like the cloud is amorphous - it can exist inside the tent of meeting or be large and cover the camp. I also heard a story told that the cloud appeared differently to the Egyptian army than to the people, it appeared black like a void to the Egyptians - but I cannot find anywhere that this is written.
I am querying for additional documented details, if anything, beyond what I have described above.