Friday, May 14, 2010

Exodus 30:6 - Location and Positioning of the Altar of Incense inside the Tent of The Tabernacle

This verse discusses the location of the Altar of Incense within the Tent of the Mishkan. Let's take a look:

Exodus 30:6

6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

‎6 ‏וְנָתַתָּ֤ה אֹתוֹ֙ לִפְנֵ֣י הַפָּרֹ֔כֶת אֲשֶׁ֖ר עַל־אֲרֹ֣ן הָעֵדֻ֑ת לִפְנֵ֣י הַכַּפֹּ֗רֶת אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־הָ֣עֵדֻ֔ת אֲשֶׁ֛ר אִוָּעֵ֥ד לְךָ֖ שָֽׁמָּה׃
As you know, the Ark of The Covenant stood in the Western Section of the Tent (Holy of Holies), that was separated by the special curtain - The Vail.

As the description states, the Altar Of Incense was to be placed right before The Vail, in the Eastern Section of the Tent of The Mishkan - The Holy Place. Like so:

The Altar Of Incense stood in the middle of the two(2) cubit space, that was formed by the Copper Clasps of the Second Covering of the Tent and the Golden Clasps of the First Covering of the Tent. Here is a diagram that illustrates the concept of the positioning of the Altar:

The location of the Altar Of Incense within the Tent of the Mishkan was as follows: the center of the Altar of Incense was located eleven(11) cubits from the Western Wall of the Tent, five(5) cubits from both North and South Walls of the Tent, and twenty(20) cubits from the Eastern Wall of the Tent(which was essentially the Entrance Curtain). Also you can say that the center of the Altar of Incense was located one(1) cubit from The Vail. Here is a diagram that shows the location of the Altar:

And here is one more diagram, that shows how(in my opinion) the Altar Of Incense influenced the length of the Staves of the Walls of The Tent.

And here is a complete rendering all artefacts inside the Tent of The Mishkan. This is a view upon The Vail, from right behind the Entrance Curtain, looking West. The Golden Lampstand is on the left, The Table of Shewbread is on the right, and the Altar of Incense is right by the Vail, in the middle.

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