Monday, February 28, 2011

Exodus 26:15-30 - 3D Model of the Framework of the Tent of The Tabernacle

And here is the 3D Model of the Framework of the Tent of The Tabernacle. This model shows the framework ONLY, without the coverings and curtains. To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "Tent Framework" from the drop-down menu.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Exodus 30:17-21 - 3D Model of The Copper Laver (Kiyor)

Here is the 3D Model of the Copper Laver (Kiyor) that was used as washer for the priest engaged in the service of the Tabernacle. To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "Copper Laver" from the drop-down menu.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Compare panoramic image of the life-size replica of the Tent of the Tabernacle with my own.

I have found yet another panoramic image of the Tabernacle, namely the Tent of the Tabernacle. This image is of a life-size replica of the Tabernacle, located in Timna National Park in Israel. It shows the Holy Place section of the Tent of the Tabernacle.


Replica of the Israelite Tabernacle

Replica of the Israelite Tabernacle in Israel

And this is my panoramic image of the Tents' Holy Place section of the Tabernacle. I think it makes great comparison, as you can see the differences between traditional and literal interpretation of the text.

Exodus 30:1-10 - 3D Model of the Altar of Incense

Here is the 3D Model of the Copper Altar of Burnt Offering with Aarons' Copper Censer and 12 Golden Incense Cups filled with Incense. To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "Altar of Incense with Censer and Cups" from the drop-down menu.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Exodus 25:31-40 - 3D Model of The Golden Lampstand (Menorah) and its 7 Golden Lamps

Here is the 3D Model of the Golden Lampstand (Menorah) with its 7 Golden Lamps. To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "The Golden Lampstand with Lamps" from the drop-down menu.

Please pay particular attention to the shape and design of the "Almond shaped Cups" (Exodus 25:33):

Exodus 25:33 - "Cones of Almond shape" of the Golden Lampstand

In my previous posts on the Menorah, particularly in this one, I have tried to explain the reasoning behind the meaning of the expression "cones of Almond shape"(גבעים משקדים) [ḡəḇi‘îm məšuqqāḏîm], and tried to show an illustration of what these "cones" might have looked like (like so):

However, it had been suggested by an author (J.P. van de Giessen) of web site bijbelaantekeningen.nl, that assuming that the word שקד [šəqēḏ] indeed means an Almond tree, the expression "cones of Almond shape"(גבעים משקדים) [ḡəḇi‘îm məšuqqāḏîm] refers either to the flower and a knob, or to the knob from a half grown nutshell with the rest of the flower on top of it.
 
This is of'course not an unreasonable statement, as flowering Almond and flowering Almond seed pods do indeed match the description provided in the original text.
 
On the other hand, a closer look at the text and at the expression in question reveals the following:
  1. The word שקד [šəqēḏ] means "an Almond Nuts" (Genesis 43:11). This is because it would be hard to imagine that Jacob asked his sons to bring to Pharaoh any other part of an Almond tree, such as branches, flowers, e.t.c.
  2. The word גביע [gəḇî] means "cup"/"beaker"/"pit" or "ditch" (Genesis 44:2). Basically a "cup" of sorts, as it would be hard to imagine that Joseph was drinking from something other than a "cup".
  3. Exodus 25:33 explicitly differentiates between expressions "cups"[ḡəḇi‘îm], "knops"/"spheres"(כפתר)[kafətōr] and "flowers"/"buds"/"blossoms" (ופרח)[wāferaḥ]. It would be hard to imagine that any of these expressions mean the same thing and refer to the same part of the plant.
  4. Some traditional sources say that Oil was put in these "cups". This is absolutely incorrect and has no basis whatsoever in the original text. On the contrary, the text explicitly says that the Oil was placed into the 7 Golden Lamps, which were essentially separate pieces from the Lampstand itself. (I.e Exodus 25:37, Leviticus 24:2 e.t.c)
Therefore, these "cups" were some kind of hollow cone-like objects, that would somewhat resemble either a flowering Almond pod or nut.

To better illustrate the point, I have found several images that should provide you with sufficient information.

Here are a couple of images of a flowers and a seed pod (follicle) of the Indian almond (Sterculia foetida). Images are from this web site:


Here is another one from the same web site:




And here is an image of raw ripe Almond Nuts in the pods (image is from this web site):

And here is an Almond Nut on an Almond tree with the flowers still on it (from this website):

And here is another view upon an opened Almond Pod (from this web site):

And here is a view upon a flowering Almond tree, early in the flowering period (no Pods or Nuts). Image is from this web site:

So in conclusion, assuming that the text indeed means an Almond Tree and not some other tree, the "cups" of the Golden Lampstand would look as one of the parts of an Almond tree.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Exodus 25:23-30 - 3D Model of The Table of Shewbread

Here is the 3D Model of the The Table of Shewbread with its Shewbread and Utensils. Please pay particular attention to the shape and design of the "border"/"enclosure" (Exodus 25:25) and the size of the Shewbread (Bread of the Faces - Exodus 25:30).

To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "The Table of Shewbread" from the drop-down menu.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Exodus 34:28-29 - 3D Model of The Ten Commandments and Two Tablets of the Testimony

And here is the 3D Model of the Two Tablets of The Testimony with the Ten Commandments written upon them. As Exodus 32:15-16 elaborates, The Ten Commandments were written on both of the Tablets, on both sides. Five (5) Commandments were on one side of each Tablet and five (5) on the other side of each Tablet.

To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "The Ten Commandments" from the drop-down menu. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Exodus 25:10-22 - 3D Model of the Ark of The Covenant

Here is the model of the Ark of The Covenant as I have been showing on my blog. You can see all the parts of the Ark, rotate it, zoom in and zoom out.
To see the model please go here, to this section of my blog, and select "The Ark of The Covenant" from the drop-down menu.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Exodus 25:16 - The Testimony (Ten Commandments): an overview and schematic layout.

PLEASE SEE UPDATED AND COMPLETE VERSION HERE

As you well know, the Ark of The Covenant housed Two Stone Tablets with the Ten Commandments written upon them. Each Tablet had all 10 Commandments written upon it - 5 on its front and 5 on its back. Like so:

Here is the schematic layout of all of the Ten Commandments. The table is self explanatory, but I will comment on it in much more details in my next posts. Enjoy !

The Ten Commandments

Left Hand that brings Riches and Honor

 
Proverbs 3:16


Right Hand that brings Long Life
Plague
Commandment
Holiday
Commandment
Plague
6
Death of the Livestock

Thou shall not murder.

I

Pesach

Passover

(Death)

I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Death of the Firstborn
1
7
Creatures of the Dark


Thou shall not commit adultery.

II

Sefirat HaOmer

Counting of the Omer

(Life)

Thou shall have no other gods before Me. Thou shall not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; thou shall not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments.

Darkness
2
8
Lice or Mosquitoes

Thou shall not steal.

III

Rosh HaShana

Blowing of the Shofar

(Reminder)

Thou shall not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.

Locusts
3
9
Frogs

Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

IV

Yom Kippur

Day of Atonement

(Work)

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shall not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh day; wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Hail and Fire
4
10
Water into Blood

Thou shall not covet thy neighbors’ house; thou shall not covet thy neighbors’ wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbors’.

V

Sukkot

Feast of the Tabernacles

(Desire)

Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God gives thee.

Unhealable Boils
5


Here is the brief explanation to this table:
  1. Two Tablets corresponded to Two human Hands.
  2. 10 Commandments corresponded to 10 fingers.
  3. Each pair of the 10 Commandments corresponded to one of the 5 mandatory Holidays.
  4. Each pair of the 10 Commandments corresponded to each other. I.e Idolatry vs Adultery e.t.c
  5. Each of the 10 Commandments corresponded to each of the 10 plagues.
  6. Corresponding Holiday signified the reward for keeping the Commandment.
  7. Corresponding Plague signified the punishment for violating the Commandment.
  8. Order of the Commandments signified their priority. I.e, it would be ok to violate the Sabbath (Commandment #4) in order to save a human life from immediate and obvious danger(Commandment #1), e.t.c
  9. Order of the Holidays also signified their priority. I.e Numbers 9:6-10.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Numbers 4:7 - The Table of The Faces and The Bread of The Faces: The Table of Shewbread

It has occurred to me that I have put very little emphasis on the exact terminology that is used to describe the Table of Shewbread in the original text. Let's take a look at verses of Numbers 4:7 and Exodus 25:30:

Numbers 4:7
7 And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:

‎7 ‏וְעַ֣ל׀ שֻׁלְחַ֣ן הַפָּנִ֗ים יִפְרְשׂוּ֮ בֶּ֣גֶד תְּכֵלֶת֒ וְנָתְנ֣וּ עָ֠לָיו אֶת־הַקְּעָרֹ֤ת וְאֶת־הַכַּפֹּת֙ וְאֶת־הַמְּנַקִּיֹּ֔ת וְאֵ֖ת קְשׂ֣וֹת הַנָּ֑סֶךְ וְלֶ֥חֶם הַתָּמִ֖יד עָלָ֥יו יִהְיֶֽה׃


Exodus 25:30
30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.

‎30 ‏וְנָתַתָּ֧ עַֽל־הַשֻּׁלְחָ֛ן לֶ֥חֶם פָּנִ֖ים לְפָנַ֥י תָּמִֽיד׃ פ
As you can see from the verses above, the primary expressions being used to describe the Table of Shewbread are:
  1. Table of the Faces (šuləḥan hapānîm)
  2. Bread of the Faces (leḥem pānîm ) 
The only question is - whos' Faces? Is it the Faces of God? Or is it the Faces of Israel?

Well, the answer to this question (as I pointed out many times in my previous posts) can be found in Leviticus 24:5-9, particularly in Leviticus 24:8. Let's take a look:

According to the Leviticus 24:5-7, there were twelve (12) loafs upon the Table, set in two rows, like so:

But the following verse, Leviticus 24:8, provides us with an answer to our question by stating the following:
8 Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.

‎8 ‏בְּי֨וֹם הַשַּׁבָּ֜ת בְּי֣וֹם הַשַּׁבָּ֗ת יַֽעַרְכֶ֛נּוּ לִפְנֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה תָּמִ֑יד מֵאֵ֥ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל בְּרִ֥ית עוֹלָֽם׃
Therefore, each loaf of bread, like the one you see below, represented each Tribe of the Children of Israel. Twelve (12) loafs of Bread represented Twelve (12) Tribes of Israel, or in allegorical language - Twelve (12) Faces of God.

The Thirteenth (13th) Tribe - The Tribe of Levi (the priests) was not represented by a loaf of bread, but rather had one of their "representatives" present personally "before faces of God" so to speak, in the form of the High Priest (Aaron) serving in the Tabernacle. 

And just like the Leviticus 24:8-9 specifies, every day of rest (Sabbath) each Tribe would donate one such special loaf of bread so that the old bread could be replaced, totaling at 12 loafs from the 12 Tribes. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Exodus 30:18-21 - Copper Laver Close-up Rendering and an Overview

I have already covered Copper Laver in some details in my previous posts, but I wanted to add a couple of points about its design.

As far as I can tell, it is most likely that the Laver was about 1 cubit in diameter, in a shape of a semi-sphere or a "Bowl" of sorts. Here is a full color rendering of the close-up view upon the Laver. Especially pay attention to the reflections in the water of the Laver and compare it with the verse of Exodus 38:8.

And here is a gray scale rendering of the Laver:

Some reconstructions of the Laver show it like this, but this is an INCORRECT versions of the Laver:

This is because Exodus 30:18 says that Laver is a separate entity from its "Foot" (wəḵannwō). In fact, Exodus 40:7 speaks only about the Laver and says nothing about its "Foot", which would mean that the "Foot" of the Laver would serve only as a "stand" of sorts for the Laver and nothing more.

Therefore, the CORRECT reconstruction of the Laver would look somewhat like this (image is from this website):

Or just like I show it on my renderings - a semi-spherical copper "bowl" upon a copper stand:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Exodus 26 & 27 - Schematic Diagram of all Tabernacle Coverings and Curtains

Here is a schematic diagram of the all Tabernacle Coverings and Curtains that are explicitly mentioned in the original text. NOTE: this file is very large 1.2Mb, so if you are going to be clicking on it to zoom in and if you are on a slow connection, it will take some time to load.


Here is the list of parts shown on this diagram:
  1. Four(4) Coverings (with Clasps) of the Tent of the Tabernacle - Exodus 26:1-14
  2. Inner Curtain (Vail) - Exodus 26:31-33
  3. Outer Curtain (Entrance Curtain) - Exodus 26:36-37
  4. 60 Hangings (Curtains) of the Courtyard - Exodus 27:9-19
And here is a slightly modified version of the above diagram, that shows parts of the First and Second Coverings separately. NOTE: this file is very large 1.2Mb, so if you are going to be clicking on it to zoom in and if you are on a slow connection, it will take some time to load.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Numbers 4:1-49 - Video of the Disassembly and Transportation of the Tabernacle (Mishkan)

Ok, so here is the rather detailed and somewhat time-lapsed video animation of the Tabernacle disassembly process in preparation to its transportation.

This video primarily based on the verses of the entire Chapter 4 of the Book of Numbers (4:1-49) (Parashat Bamidbar and Naso) and the chapter 40 of the Book of Exodus (40:1-38) (Parashat Pekudei). Enjoy!


You can check out this video for more detailed look at the assembly of the framework of the Tent of the Tabernacle:

And if you want to see even more details, check out my blog sections on the Transportation of the Tabernacle and/or on the Transportation of the Tabernacle Artefacts.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Exodus 27:9-19 - Exploded Diagram of the Framework of the Court (Chazer) of the Tabernacle

This is an exploded schematic diagram of the framework of the Courtyard (Chatzer) of The Tabernacle, that surrounded the Tent of the Tabernacle, the Copper Altar of Burnt Offering and the Copper Laver. This diagram shows all parts that the framework of the courtyard consisted of, and which are explicitly mentioned in the original text.

Please also note, that 60 5x5 cubits Hangings of the Courtyard are not shown on this gray scale diagram.

NOTE: this file is very large 1.2Mb, so if you are going to be clicking on it to zoom in and if you are on a slow connection, it will take some time to load.

Here is the list of some of the parts that can be seen on this diagram:

  1. 60 Pillars of Shittim Wood. Not overlayed, consisting of two pieces each just like the Corner Boards of the Tent of the Tabernacle.
  2. 60 Copper Sockets for the Pillars. Each most likely weighted 1 Talent of Copper.
  3. 60 Silver Connecting Rods, that linked each pair of Pillars. These Rods also served as a hangers of sorts for the Courtyard Hangings.
  4. 60 Silver Caps that were on top of each Pillar. These Caps helped to hold two parts of each Pillar together and also served as mounting points for the Silver Connecting Rods.
  5. Silver Hooks that were on each Pillar (zoom in to see)
  6. Ropes that helped to secure Pillars in place and to the ground
  7. Copper Stakes to which the Ropes would be attached.
And here is a complete full color rendering of all the parts of the framework put together, so that you can see what all the parts shown on the diagram above looked liked: 

Last, but VERY IMPORTANT: 
  1. Total Length x Width of the Courtyard Hangings was 100 x 50 Cubits
  2. Total Length x Width of the Courtyard itself was 120 x 60 Cubits
  3. Total Perimeter of the Courtyard Hangings was 100+50+100+50=300 Cubits
  4. Total Perimeter of the Courtyard itself was 120+60+120+60=360 Cubits.
  5. Each Pillar of the Courtyard was 1 Cubit in outside diameter
  6. Each Hanging of the Courtyard was 5x5 cubits.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Exodus 26:15-37 - Exploded Diagram of the Framework of the Tent of The Tabernacle

This is an exploded schematic diagram of the framework of the Tent of The Tabernacle, which held the Coverings, Curtains and some of the Artefacts. This diagram shows all parts that the framework consisted of and which are explicitly mentioned in the original text:

Here is a gray scale diagram (NOTE: this file is very large 1.3Mb, so if you are going to be clicking on it to zoom in and if you are on a slow connection, it will take some time to load.)
 
Here is the list of some of the parts that can be seen on this diagram:
  1. Boards
  2. Sockets for the Boards
  3. Round Corner Boards
  4. Bars for the Boards
  5. Rings for all Boards
  6. Four Inner Pillars and their Four Silver Sockets (please note that Hooks of these Pillars shown as bright spots due to the huge difference in scale between all of those parts)
  7. Five Outer Pillars and their Five Copper Sockets (please note that Hooks of these Pillars shown as bright spots due to the huge difference in scale between all of those parts)
And here is a complete full color rendering of all the parts of the framework put together, so that you can see what all the parts shown on the diagram above looked liked:


Please see this page for the latest diagrams of the framework and other Tabernacle artefacts and parts.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Leviticus 16:12-13 - An Animation of the Holy Incense burning procedure.

I have decided to add this little animation of the burning of Holy Incense upon the Altar of Incense, as it is outlined in Leviticus 16:12-13.

I have not decided which format to use to show the animations on my blog, so I have uploaded two: Flash (top) and GIF (bottom). One of these images must be visible to you regardless which browser you use or what OS you may have.

Enjoy!




Exodus 30:1-10 - The Golden Altar of Incense, its Copper Censer and its Twelve Golden Spoons

Since this week is the end for the Tetzaveh Torah portion reading, I would like to provide you with a better review of the Altar of Incense, its Copper Censer, its Twelve Golden Incense Spoons and its basic operation procedure. Let's take a look:

Exodus 30:1-6 describes the Altar itself. The Altar was essentially a hollow gold plated wooden box with an open bottom, 1x1x2 cubits. It had four "horns" coming out of its four top corners (Exodus 30:2), a golden crown (Exodus 30:3), two golden rings (Exodus 30:4) and two gold plated Staves to transport it (Exodus 30:5). Here it is:

The Altar of Incense was set before the Inner Curtain (Vail) (Exodus 30:6) of the Tent of the Tabernacle (in the Holy Place section of the Tent), like so:

Now, let's take a look at the Altar of Incense up-close:

On the rendering above and below, you can see that on top of the Altar of Incense stood a Copper Censer of the serving Priest (High Priest most likely, a.k.a Aaron). And Twelve (12) Golden Spoons filled with Holy Incense (and for the Holy Incense), that were donated by the Princes of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Numbers 7:86). Like so (one golden spoon is not visible here - sorry):

As Exodus 30:7-8 states, Aaron, or any other High Priest would burn Holy Incense upon the Altar. He would do so by opening up the Censer, like so:

Then, as say, Leviticus 16:12 specifies, he would go the Altar of Burnt Offering and fill the Censer with burning coals and place it back upon the Altar of Incense, like so:

Then, as say Leviticus 16:13 specifies, he would grab some Holy Incense from one of the Golden Spoons and pour it from his hand into the Censer, upon the burning coals, like so:

Which would result in relatively thick, steady and long lasting smoke flow from the Censer, like so:

Therefore, as you can see from all images above, the Altar of Incense and its service was one of the magnificent events in the Tabernacle service. Not to mention, that it would fill the Tent of the Tabernacle with pleasant smell that would enchance the grandeur of the Tabernacle even more.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Exodus 26:29 - Gold Overlay of the Boards of the framework of the Tent of the Tabernacle

Here I found an interesting set of images that shows replica of the Tabernacle. Just like most replicas of the Tabernacle, this one is not particularly accurate nor of high quality. However, one of the things that this replica does indeed show is the Golden Overlay of the Boards of the framework of the Tent of the Tabernacle.

As you can see from this image, even with such low quality of Overlay of the Boards that this replica employs, you can still notice that the entire structure, especially inside, would be reflective.

The design of the Tabernacle highly relies on these gold plated reflective Boards and for many different reasons. One of such reasons being that this would "expand" the structure, making it feel (from the inside) less claustrophobic and more grand and spacious.


And here are the couple of my renderings that show what gold plated reflective Boards would do for the framework of the Tent of the Tabernacle.

On this image, you can see the golden Altar of Incense - notice the reflections on the adjacent wall...

And here is another look inside the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. Again, notice how reflective Boards would create a so-called "infinity mirror" room, which would make relatively small space appear much larger and more spacious... 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Exodus 26:1-30 - Tent [ōhel] vs Tabernacle [mišəkān]

It is very important, especially in the context of Exodus 26:1-30, to differentiate between the expression Tent [ōhel] and Tabernacle [mišəkān]. The original text uses very intricate play on words, so it is very important to keep track of which expression refers to what particular element of the Tabernacle.

I have somewhat covered the difference between these two expressions in this post, but I think a better diagram would make this subject easier to understand:

As you can see, in Chapter 26 of the Book of Exodus, the expression Tent (אהל)[ōhel] refers ONLY to the Second Covering - the Goat's Hair Covering.

But the expression Tabernacle(משכן)[mišəkān] refers ONLY to the gold plated wooden framework and to the First Covering (cherubim woven covering).

Without understanding this very subtle but extremely important detail, it is impossible to understand the description provided in this chapter. Without differentiating between "Tent" and "Tabernacle", it is simply impossible to properly understand the description.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Exodus 25:10-22 - Best Gold Overlay Technique for the Ark of The Covenant

I have found yet another website that deals with the Ark of The Covenant life size replica model. This website provides in-depth description of the construction of the replica, but what is most important it discusses different techniques for finishing (overlaying) the Ark. 

According to this page, out of all techniques tried by the author, the one that gives the best result is the Gold Plating (as opposed to Gold Painting or Gold Gilding). This is because Gold Plating technique would provide the best looking and the longer lasting result.

Here is an image that compares Gold Painting with Gold Plating:
And here is one of the images from this page. Notice the clarity of the reflections that resulted from utilizing Gold Plating; it is almost mirror like in appearance.

Of'course, the best way to plate gold is the electrochemical method, however, for those of you who may not agree that this technology was available at the time of Exodus, there are always a pure chemical methods of Gold Plating, as well as hybrid techniques to achieve the same result.

And to give more credit to the author of these images and to provide you with an idea of the size of the ark, check out this poster:

I would like to also recommend to check out other sections of this website that are listed on this page. There are many great images that will provide you with an opportunity to imagine of what the Ark of the Covenant might have looked like in the real life.

And here the video of this replica model:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Exodus 25:25 - Enclosure (Border) of The Table of Shebread

Exodus 25:25 points out that the Table of Shewbread had an "enclosure" ("border" in some translations) that was mounted beneath the table top. After giving it some careful consideration, I have decided that the correct meaning of the expression מסגרת [misəgereṯ] is basically a sort of a shelf that served an auxiliary purpose during the operation of the Table and during its transportation.

Here is a close-up rendering of this shelf from my gray scale diagram of the Table:

And here is the separate rendering of this "enclosure" or shelf. 

Primary reason for such design is based on the use of the expression מסגרת in the verses of 2 Samuel 22:46, Psalms 18:45 and Michah 7:17. In these verses this expression is used in the figurative form, and referes to a sort of a "close place" or a "hole", which means that the expression itself refers to something with only one entrance (opening).

Of'course, it is also worthy to point out that the same expression is used in the description of the ten copper "bases" for the Ten Copper Lavers of the First Temple (1 Kings 7:27-37).

Back to the Table of Shewbread "enclosure"....

Here is the rendering of the enclosure with the golden crown (Exodus 25:25) and with some golden utensils of the Table upon it. Notice the four cut-outs in the four corners of the enclosure to accommodate the legs of the Table:

Also, as Exodus 25:26-27 specifies, four golden rings of the Table were mounted on the same level as the "enclosure". Here is the rendering of the complete Table:

And here is the full color rendering of the image above:

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