Sunday, April 25, 2010

Exodus 27:10 - The Pillars of the Courtyard of The Mishkan - Part 2

Now, let's take a look at the design details and features of the Pillars of the Courtyard. I will begin with Silver Hooks and Copper (Brass) Sockets of the Pillars:

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׃
Just like the Pillars of the Tent, each Pillar of the Court of the Mishkan had Silver Hooks(ווי) mounted on it. These Hooks were relatively small in size and were located either on "opposite sides" of the Pillar(along the height of each half) or, in case with four(4) corner Pillars of the Courtyard, these Hooks were located along the height at a 90 degree angle of each other.
I'm still trying to figure out how many Hooks there were on each Pillar, so at this point I'm going to assume that there were eight(8) such Silver Hooks per each Pillar, four (4) on each side. Each set of Hooks on each side of the Pillar was spaced evenly - one Hook every cubit along the height of each half of the Pillar.
As to the functionality of these Hooks: they played a very important role as a fasteners for the Hangings of the Courtyard, as I'm going to show in my next posts.

Due to the great difference in size of the elements of the Pillar, it is very difficult for me to show you these Hooks. However, on the image below you can see some of the Hooks upon the top of the Pillar. Click on the image to zoom-in for better view.

As the Exodus 27:10 states, there were also Copper Sockets that supported the Pillars...

Each Courtyard Pillar Socket was similar in shape, design and weight to those of the Tent (if you remember, the Five Outer Pillars of the Tent had Copper Sockets as well). But since the Courtyard Pillars were twice as wide but half the height of the Tent Pillars, the Courtyard Sockets looked slightly different. On the image below, you can compare the Courtyard Pillar Socket (left) with the Talent of Copper(middle) and with the one of the Socket of one of the Outer Pillar of the Tent(right).
Please note, that the Courtyard Sockets were made out of exactly one(1) Talent of Copper each(just like the Copper Sockets of the Outer Pillars of the Tent.

And just like the Copper Sockets of the Outer Pillars of the Tent, the Courtyard Sockets were also hollow inside as to allow the most efficient use of the precious metal that was used in their construction.

There were total of sixty(60) copper Sockets for the Pillars of the Courtyard of the Mishkan. Each such Copper Socket was made out of one(1) Talent of Copper and thus weighted around ~17kg.

The halves of the Courtyard Pillars were then mounted in the same fashion as the rest of the Pillars of the Mishkan: one part of the Pillars was mounted first...

And then the other halves of the Pillars were mounted onto the Sockets, resulting in the complete Pillars.
Please note, that the Courtyard Pillars were not plated with any metal(unlike the Pillars of the Tent, that were gold-plated). And even though I'm still trying to verify this detail, most traditional sources also agree on this detail.
You can click on the image and zoom-in, so that you can see Hooks of the Pillars as well...

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