Friday, March 12, 2010

Exodus 26:33 - The Clasps and Partitioning of the Tent of The Tabernacle - Part 5

Since we now know all of the details of the Tent, lets' go back to Exodus 26:33 and see what will happen once we put all the pieces together...

Exodus 26:33
33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
33 ‏וְנָתַתָּ֣ה אֶת־הַפָּרֹכֶת֮ תַּ֣חַת הַקְּרָסִים֒ וְהֵבֵאתָ֥ שָׁ֙מָּה֙ מִבֵּ֣ית לַפָּרֹ֔כֶת אֵ֖ת אֲר֣וֹן הָעֵד֑וּת וְהִבְדִּילָ֤ה הַפָּרֹ֙כֶת֙ לָכֶ֔ם בֵּ֣ין הַקֹּ֔דֶשׁ וּבֵ֖ין קֹ֥דֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִֽׁים׃

Here is our Vail (Parochet) on the pillars from the previous verse (Ex. 26:32)...

And here are those elusive Clasps - THE BRONZE CLASPS !!!

I cannot stress that enough:
THE VAIL HUNG UNDER THE BRONZE CLASPS OF THE SECOND COVERING !!!

Here is a closer view of the Vail under the Bronze Clasps of the Second Covering...

Here is the Vail from another angle, so you can appreciate the design...

There a many reasons why it had been the Bronze Clasps of the Second Covering and NOT the golden clasps of the first covering. There are also numerous traditional sources available that point to this extremely important detail. I will make a separate post discussing this, so that you can see reasoning behind such arrangement.

Here is even closer view upon the Bronze Clasps and their position relative to the Vail...

The Golden Clasps of the First Covering were Two(2) cubits to the East(the entrance) of the Tent.
The Golden Clasps were Two(2) cubits to the East(the entrance) of the Tent FROM THE VAIL.

Here is a close-up view upon the eastern half of the First Covering and the western part of the Second Covering.

This Two(2) cubit space defined by two sets of Clasps was dedicated for the Altar of Incese. I will cover this in my next posts in more details.

Lets' see how the coverings were setup.

Please note that the Vail was setup upon the pillars only after the Ark of the Covenant was put in the Holy of Holies. I'm showing the Vail simply for illustrative purposes.

The Western Half of the First Covering was put first upon the framework. Then, the Western Half of the Second Covering was put upon the framework of the Tent.

Notice how the First Covering and its Golden Clasps extends by Two(2) cubits from the Vail and the Second Covering and its Bronze Clasps...

Here is a view from another angle, so you can better see the location of the Clasps...

The Eastern part of the First Covering was setup next...
Please note, that there was pretty much no gap between the halves of the first covering
due to the design of their Loops...

And then the Eastern part of the Second Covering was setup in its place...

Here is a close-up view at the gap between the halves of the Second Covering.
Note, how the First Covering was visible through the gap...

To wrap it up, I would like to quote Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbath 99a

99a the clasps in the loops looked like stars [set] in the sky.
99a ונראין קרסין בלולאות ככוכבים ברקיע 

The image is self-explanatory...

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