Monday, January 25, 2010

Exodus 25:32-33 - The Golden Menorah (Lampstand) - Six Branches

Lets' take a look at the branches of the Lampstand:

Exodus 25:32-33
32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:
‎32 ‏וְשִׁשָּׁ֣ה קָנִ֔ים יֹצְאִ֖ים מִצִּדֶּ֑יהָ שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה׀ קְנֵ֣י מְנֹרָ֗ה מִצִּדָּהּ֙ הָאֶחָ֔ד וּשְׁלֹשָׁה֙ קְנֵ֣י מְנֹרָ֔ה מִצִּדָּ֖הּ הַשֵּׁנִֽי׃

There were total of Six(6) Branches and One (1) Stem. Three branches would come out of the stem on the east side (left) and three branches would come out of the stem on the west side (right).

All six branches were curved in shape and were located on different planes, most likely 15-30 degrees apart. But the calculations involved require an extreme knowledge of physics and mathematics, and are far beyond my level of expertise.

After all, the Lampstand was the most complex and the most beautiful artefact of the Tabernacle, and its craftsmanship was that of a scientific art, rather than the science alone!


And here is a top view of the same, so that you can appreciate the design:



33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
33 ‏שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה גְ֠בִעִים מְֽשֻׁקָּדִ֞ים בַּקָּנֶ֣ה הָאֶחָד֮ כַּפְתֹּ֣ר וָפֶרַח֒ וּשְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה גְבִעִ֗ים מְשֻׁקָּדִ֛ים בַּקָּנֶ֥ה הָאֶחָ֖ד כַּפְתֹּ֣ר וָפָ֑רַח כֵּ֚ן לְשֵׁ֣שֶׁת הַקָּנִ֔ים הַיֹּצְאִ֖ים מִן־הַמְּנֹרָֽה׃
Three bowls made like unto almonds...


...with a knop and a flower in one branch...


... and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower...




...so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.


Therefore there were:
  1. Three(3) "almond shaped cups", One(1) knop ("sphere") and One (1) flower for each branch
  2. Total of eighteen(18 ) almond shaped cups, six (3) knops and six (6) flowers on all six (6) branches
  3. Three (3) branches on east side of the Lampstand and Three (3) branches on the west side of the Lampstand - Total of six(6) branches.

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