Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Exodus 26:4-6 - First Covering of The Tent of the Tabernacle - Loops and Golden Hooks

Exodus 26:4-6

4 And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.
5 Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another.

6 And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle.
4 ‏וְעָשִׂ֜יתָ לֻֽלְאֹ֣ת תְּכֵ֗לֶת עַ֣ל שְׂפַ֤ת הַיְרִיעָה֙ הָאֶחָ֔ת מִקָּצָ֖ה בַּחֹבָ֑רֶת וְכֵ֤ן תַּעֲשֶׂה֙ בִּשְׂפַ֣ת הַיְרִיעָ֔ה הַקִּ֣יצוֹנָ֔ה בַּמַּחְבֶּ֖רֶת הַשֵּׁנִֽית׃

‎5 ‏חֲמִשִּׁ֣ים לֻֽלָאֹ֗ת תַּעֲשֶׂה֮ בַּיְרִיעָ֣ה הָאֶחָת֒ וַחֲמִשִּׁ֣ים לֻֽלָאֹ֗ת תַּעֲשֶׂה֙ בִּקְצֵ֣ה הַיְרִיעָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֖ר בַּמַּחְבֶּ֣רֶת הַשֵּׁנִ֑ית מַקְבִּילֹת֙ הַלֻּ֣לָאֹ֔ת אִשָּׁ֖ה אֶל־אֲחֹתָֽהּ׃

‎6 ‏וְעָשִׂ֕יתָ חֲמִשִּׁ֖ים קַרְסֵ֣י זָהָ֑ב וְחִבַּרְתָּ֙ אֶת־הַיְרִיעֹ֜ת אִשָּׁ֤ה אֶל־אֲחֹתָהּ֙ בַּקְּרָסִ֔ים וְהָיָ֥ה הַמִּשְׁכָּ֖ן אֶחָֽד׃ פ

There were 50 golden hooks and 50 little loops of blue fabric on the edges of the two pieces of the covering. The loops and the connecting hooks were located along the width of the covering: i.e 28 cubits side. 


Here is an up-close view of the hooks...

The rings were connecting oposite loops of the pieces of the covering.
The spacing between the centers of the hooks and the loops on each piece of the covering was 0.5 cubits.
The spacing between the pieces of the covering was probably no more than 0.07 cubits (3-4 cm)

First pair of loops and first connecting hook would be located 1 cubit from the side of the covering...


So was the last pair and last hook....


However, there was a gap of 2 cubits wide between the 25th and 26th pair of loops and hooks; right in the middle of the covering. I will try to show the reason for this in due time...


The connected pieces of the covering would look like this:

And here is a bit closer view of the connection between the pieces....

And that is the First Covering of the Tent of the Mishkan.

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