Monday, March 7, 2011

Exodus 27:9-19 vs. Exodus 38:9-20, or why the Courtyard of The Tabernacle was 120 x 60 cubits.

I have tried to explain in much details why the Court of The Tabernacle was 120x60 cubits in this section of my blog, but I felt that even more clarifications needed to thoroughly cover this nuance.

As I have stated numerous times, most people assume that the Courtyard of the Tabernacle was 100x50 cubits. However, this assumption is incorrect as it is based on the traditional sources that blatantly misread the original text and present distorted facts.

In reality, it were the Hangings of the Courtyard that were 100x50 cubits, however, once the width of the Pillars of the Courtyard was included, the total measurements of the Courtyard of the Tabernacle was 120x60 cubits.

Therefore, I have created these two tables that should give you an excellent opportunity to see discover this fact yourself.


The first table below provides you with the summary of all verses from the original text for each side of the Court that is being described (measured). 
Verse
Original Text [YLT 1862]
Verse
Original Text [YLT 1862]
South Side
Ex. 27:9
And thou hast made the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward, hangings for the court of twined linen, a hundred by the cubit [is] the length for the one side,
Ex. 38:9
And he maketh the court; at the south side southward, the hangings of the court of twined linen, a hundred by the cubit,
North SideEx. 27:11
and so for the north side in length, hangings of a hundred [cubits] in length, and its twenty pillars and their twenty sockets [are] of brass, the pegs of the pillars and their fillets [are] of silver.
Ex. 38:11
and at the north side, a hundred by the cubit, their pillars [are] twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the pegs of the pillars and their fillets [are] silver;
West Side Ex. 27:12
And [for] the breadth of the court at the west side [are] hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten.
Ex. 38:12
and at the west side [are] hangings, fifty by the cubit; their pillars [are] ten, and their sockets ten; the pegs of the pillars and their fillets [are] silver;
East SideEx. 27:13
And [for] the breadth of the court at the east side, eastward, [are] fifty cubits.
Ex. 38:13
and at the east side eastward fifty cubits.


East Side - 1st flankEx. 27:14
And the hangings at the side [are] fifteen cubits, their pillars three, and their sockets three.
Ex. 38:14
The hangings on the side [are] fifteen cubits, their pillars three, and their sockets three,
East Side - 2nd flankEx. 27:15
And at the second side [are] hangings fifteen [cubits], their pillars three, and their sockets three.
Ex. 38:15
and at the second side at the gate of the court, on this and on that, [are] hangings, fifteen cubits, their pillars three, and their sockets three;
East Side - Gate
Ex. 27:16
And for the gate of the court a covering of twenty cubits, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen, work of an embroiderer; their pillars four, their sockets four.
Ex. 38:18
And the covering of the gate of the court [is] the work of an embroiderer, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen; and twenty cubits [is] the length, and the height with the breadth five cubits, over-against the hangings of the court;
Summary
Ex. 27:18
The length of the court [is] a hundred by the cubit, and the breadth fifty by fifty, and the height five cubits, of twined linen, and their sockets [are] brass,
Not Specified
Not Specified

But this second table provides you with filtered description which cross-references the sides of the Courtyard that are being measured with the particular elements that are being measured, as well as the units of measure that are being used.
Verse
Element Measured
Value
Units of Measure
Verse
Element Measured
Value
Units if Measure
South Side
Ex. 27:9
Hangings
100
CubitsEx. 38:9
Hangings
100
Cubits
North SideEx. 27:11
Hangings
100
Not SpecifiedEx. 38:11
Not Specified
100
Cubits
West Side Ex. 27:12
Hangings
50
CubitsEx. 38:12
Hangings
50
Cubits
East SideEx. 27:13
Not Specified
50
CubitsEx. 38:13
Not Specified
50
Cubits
East Side - 1st flankEx. 27:14
Hangings
15
CubitsEx. 38:14
Hangings
15
Cubits
East Side - 2nd flankEx. 27:15
Hangings
15
Not SpecifiedEx. 38:15
Hangings
15
Cubits
East Side - GateEx. 27:16
Hangings
20
CubitsEx. 38:18
Hangings
20, 5x5
Cubits
SummaryEx. 27:18
Hangings
100, 50x50, 5
CubitsNot Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified

As you can see from this second table, ALL measurements of the Courtyard are provided in CUBITS of HANGINGS - NOT IN CUBITS of LENGTH/WIDTH !!!

I hope that now you can clearly see that traditional explanation of the dimensions of the courtyard is erroneous and misleading.

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