Monday, June 21, 2010

Numbers 7:1-9 - Transportation of The Parts of the Mishkan - The Summary

After everything was said and done, and all of the parts of the Mishkan were packed inside the Wagons, the result would look like on the image below.
Please note, that individual parts of the Mishkan were probably wrapped into some sort of fabric before they were placed inside the Wagons: it would help to protect the parts from hitting each other, e.t.c. I'm not showing it for illustrative and convenience reasons.

The entire packed Mishkan, with all of its covered artefacts and wagons would look like this - there were total of six(6) carried artefacts, twelve(12) Bulls and six(6) Bull-drawn Covered Wagons.

Once the Wagons were ready and about to depart, they would be closed, and the packed Mishkan would look like this:

Let's re-read the description provided in Numbers 7:6-9:

6 And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites.

7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service:

8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
9 But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.

‎6 ‏וַיִּקַּ֣ח מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֶת־הָעֲגָלֹ֖ת וְאֶת־הַבָּקָ֑ר וַיִּתֵּ֥ן אוֹתָ֖ם אֶל־הַלְוִיִּֽם׃

‎7 ‏אֵ֣ת׀ שְׁתֵּ֣י הָעֲגָלֹ֗ת וְאֵת֙ אַרְבַּ֣עַת הַבָּקָ֔ר נָתַ֖ן לִבְנֵ֣י גֵרְשׁ֑וֹן כְּפִ֖י עֲבֹדָתָֽם׃

‎8 ‏וְאֵ֣ת׀ אַרְבַּ֣ע הָעֲגָלֹ֗ת וְאֵת֙ שְׁמֹנַ֣ת הַבָּקָ֔ר נָתַ֖ן לִבְנֵ֣י מְרָרִ֑י כְּפִי֙ עֲבֹ֣דָתָ֔ם בְּיַד֙ אִֽיתָמָ֔ר בֶּֽן־אַהֲרֹ֖ן הַכֹּהֵֽן׃

‎9 ‏וְלִבְנֵ֥י קְהָ֖ת לֹ֣א נָתָ֑ן כִּֽי־עֲבֹדַ֤ת הַקֹּ֙דֶשׁ֙ עֲלֵהֶ֔ם בַּכָּתֵ֖ף יִשָּֽׂאוּ׃
On the image bellow you can see the entire procession of the Mishkan carriers, ready to depart.

The Kohathites (top) would have to carry their burden (Numb7:9), but the Gershonites (two wagons on the left) and Merarites(four Wagons on the right) would not have to carry their burden themselves.

And on this image, you can see the entire procession of the Mishkan(from left to right): eighteen(18) Kohathites bearing the Artefacts of the Mishkan, two(2) Wagons of Gershonites with Mishkan Fabrics, four(4) Wagons of Merarites with Mishkan Frame Parts.

And here is a comparative image, that should give you an approximate idea of the length of such procession. It seems that it would be approximately 160 cubits(~73 meters) long.

If, on the other hand, the procession would be stretched like on this image, it would be more than twice as long (~330 cubits or 150 meters).

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