Friday, April 23, 2010

Exodus 27:10 - The Pillars of the Courtyard of The Mishkan - Part 1

The Hangings of the Court of the Tabernacle were mounted between the special Pillars. First, lets' take a look at the design of the Pillars of the Courtyard and their details:

Exodus 27:10
10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
‎10 ‏וְעַמֻּדָ֣יו עֶשְׂרִ֔ים וְאַדְנֵיהֶ֥ם עֶשְׂרִ֖ים נְחֹ֑שֶׁת וָוֵ֧י הָעַמֻּדִ֛ים וַחֲשֻׁקֵיהֶ֖ם כָּֽסֶף׃
Each Courtyard Pillar, just like the Pillars of the Tent, was made out of the piece of Shittim wood. Each such piece of wood that was required to make each Pillar was ten(10) cubits long, one and a half(1.5) cubits wide, and 0.0225 cubits(a fingerbreadth) thick. Here is how it looked like:

This piece of wood was separated into two equal parts, each being 5 cubits long, 1.5 cubits wide and 0.0225 cubits thick - like this:

These two pieces of Shittim wood were bended into semi-tube shapes, producing two parts(or two halves) of the Courtyard Pillar - like so:
 

Here you can see both parts of the Courtyard Pillar side by side. Just like with the Pillars of the Tent, the reason behind making each Pillar out of two parts was the same: to allow easy handling and transportation.

And just like the Pillars and the Boards of the Tent, each half of the Pillar of the Court had some kind of Tenon and Mortise system, so that both pieces of the Pillar could be seamlesly connected one to another.
Here is how it might have looked like:

Finally, when both halves of the Pillar were connected together, they would form a Pillar, five(5) cubits tall, one(1) cubits in outside diameter, 3/pi=0.954 cubits of inside diameter and the thickness of 0.0225 cubits.
To put it in perspective, each courtyard Pillar was one half the height and twice the diameter of a Tent Pillar.
Here is what it looked like:

You can check out this diagram for detailed dimensions layout....

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