Thursday, February 18, 2010

Exodus 26:25 - Tabernacle Tent Corner Boards' Silver Sockets - Part 3

Lets' take a look at the silver corner sockets of the corner boards of the Tent:

Exodus 26:25
25 And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board.
‎25 ‏וְהָיוּ֙ שְׁמֹנָ֣ה קְרָשִׁ֔ים וְאַדְנֵיהֶ֣ם כֶּ֔סֶף שִׁשָּׁ֥ה עָשָׂ֖ר אֲדָנִ֑ים שְׁנֵ֣י אֲדָנִ֗ים תַּ֚חַת הַקֶּ֣רֶשׁ הָאֶחָ֔ד וּשְׁנֵ֣י אֲדָנִ֔ים תַּ֖חַת הַקֶּ֥רֶשׁ הָאֶחָֽד׃

As you can see, the description says that all sixteen(16) sockets of the Western wall of the Tent were identical -  in weight that is. As per Exodus 38:27, each socket would weigh one (1) Talent of Silver - approximately 17kg.

The shape of the sockets in the corners was different, as they had to connect with the sockets of the adjacent sides of the Tent:

So, there were four identical silver corner sockets...

When put together, they would be able to accomodate two corner boards...

Here is the comparison of the corner socket to the side socket...
From left to right: Corner Socket - Talent of Silver(~12cubic cm)  -  Side Socket

And here is a look inside the socket: just like all other sockets, it was made to be hollow...

And this is how the corner socket would connect to the adjacent side socket...

As you can see, it would fit perfectly...

Such connection would allow the side board to connect with the corner board...

Of'course and again I have to say that this is a very rough approximation of the design of the sockets.
A much thorough inquiry is needed to arrive to the exact and precise understanding of these parts of the Mishkan.

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