Friday, March 5, 2010

Exodus 26:32 - Four Inner Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan - Part 4

There is also one last detail about the Inner Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan - the Pillars' Caps and Connecting Rods. The details about these parts can be found in Exodus 36:35-38, and you can also check out 1 Kings(Melahim) 7:33.

I'm pretty certain that the Caps and the Rods were made of shittim wood and then overlayed with an appropriate metal (in this case gold), however there is a slight possibility that either these parts were made entirely of metal. Or, it is also possible that only the Caps were made of metal, but the Connecting Rods were made of overlayed wood.

As with other parts of the Mishkan, it is hard to be certain about such minute details without thoroughly analyzing every single thing about these parts(both, linguistic and physical nuances). 

At this point, I will assume that Caps and Rods were made of overlayed wood, as it is not going to make any difference in reconstructing all the major parts of the Tabernacle.

For reference, here is the text of Exodus 36:38:
38 And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets were of brass.
38 ‏וְאֶת־עַמּוּדָ֤יו חֲמִשָּׁה֙ וְאֶת־וָ֣וֵיהֶ֔ם וְצִפָּ֧ה רָאשֵׁיהֶ֛ם וַחֲשֻׁקֵיהֶ֖ם זָהָ֑ב וְאַדְנֵיהֶ֥ם חֲמִשָּׁ֖ה נְחֹֽשֶׁת׃

So, on each Inner Pillar, there was a Cap(ראשי), and each pair of pillars was connected by the Connecting Rod (חשק)

Here is a close-up view of these parts(two Caps and one Rod is shown)

On each end of the Connecting Rod there were connectors by which the Rods would be attached to the Caps of the pillars...

Each Pillar Cap had a mutual connecting point for the adjacent Rods...

The Rods would be connected to this point one over another...

Here is one of the Rods is being attached...

And then, the second Rod was attached(from above)

Resulting in this...

As Exodus 36:38 states and by inference, these parts were overlayed with Gold...

Here is a close-up view...

For Inner Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan, there were total of four(4) Caps and five(5) Connecting Rods, each Rod being exactly two(2) cubits in length.

And when these parts were attached to the Pillars, they would look like this...
(Please note that this picture shows only 3 out of 5 connecting Rods)

Just to sum up:

  • There were Four(4) Pillar Caps overlayed with Gold. Each Cap was a little bit larger in diameter than the Pillar(i.e 0.51cubits). The height of the Cap was probably around 0.25 cubits(or less).

  • There were also five(5) Connecting Rods, each being two(2) cubits in length, and most likely a fingerbreadth in diameter.

  • The Vail would hung from these Connecting Rods

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