Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Exodus 25:34-36 - The Golden Menorah (Lampstand) - The Stem

Lets' take a look at the Stem, the main part of the Lampstand:

Exodus 25:34-36

34 And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.
‎34 ‏וּבַמְּנֹרָ֖ה אַרְבָּעָ֣ה גְבִעִ֑ים מְשֻׁקָּדִ֔ים כַּפְתֹּרֶ֖יהָ וּפְרָחֶֽיהָ׃

The Stem was around four (4) cubits tall - the height of a man...

35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.

‎35 ‏וְכַפְתֹּ֡ר תַּחַת֩ שְׁנֵ֨י הַקָּנִ֜ים מִמֶּ֗נָּה וְכַפְתֹּר֙ תַּ֣חַת שְׁנֵ֤י הַקָּנִים֙ מִמֶּ֔נָּה וְכַפְתֹּ֕ר תַּחַת־שְׁנֵ֥י הַקָּנִ֖ים מִמֶּ֑נָּה לְשֵׁ֙שֶׁת֙ הַקָּנִ֔ים הַיֹּצְאִ֖ים מִן־הַמְּנֹרָֽה׃

Two pairs of bottom branches...

...and a pair of top branches, as well as the flowers of the Stem.
36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.
36 ‏כַּפְתֹּרֵיהֶ֥ם וּקְנֹתָ֖ם מִמֶּ֣נָּה יִהְי֑וּ כֻּלָּ֛הּ מִקְשָׁ֥ה אַחַ֖ת זָהָ֥ב טָהֽוֹר׃

The height of the Lampstand with the Branches was around five (5) cubits...

Therefore, the Lampstand had:

  1. One (1) Steam and six (6) paired branches.
  2. Twenty-two (22) "almond-shaped Cups" - eighteen (18) on the Branches and four (4) on the Stem.
  3. Ten (10) Knops - six (6) on the six (6) of the Branches and four (4) on the Stem
  4. Ten (10) Flowers - six (6) on the six (6) of the Branches and four (4) on top of the Stem
But there were also the Lamps...

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