Friday, February 5, 2010

Exodus 26:10-11 - Second Covering of The Tent of the Mishkan - Loops and Copper Hooks

Exodus 26:10-11

10 And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second.
11 And thou shalt make fifty taches of brass, and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one.
‎10 ‏וְעָשִׂ֜יתָ חֲמִשִּׁ֣ים לֻֽלָאֹ֗ת עַ֣ל שְׂפַ֤ת הַיְרִיעָה֙ הָֽאֶחָ֔ת הַקִּיצֹנָ֖ה בַּחֹבָ֑רֶת וַחֲמִשִּׁ֣ים לֻֽלָאֹ֗ת עַ֚ל שְׂפַ֣ת הַיְרִיעָ֔ה הַחֹבֶ֖רֶת הַשֵּׁנִֽית׃

‎11 ‏וְעָשִׂ֛יתָ קַרְסֵ֥י נְחֹ֖שֶׁת חֲמִשִּׁ֑ים וְהֵבֵאתָ֤ אֶת־הַקְּרָסִים֙ בַּלֻּ֣לָאֹ֔ת וְחִבַּרְתָּ֥ אֶת־הָאֹ֖הֶל וְהָיָ֥ה אֶחָֽד׃

Just like the First Covering, the Second Covering also had fifty (50) loops on the edge of each part of the covering, and fifty (50) copper(brass) hooks (not golden hooks).

And here is an up-close view of the Copper Hooks...
 The word נחשת meaning "red copper", although it possible to say it was naturally occuring "red brass" (see copper\brass properties in my previous post) 

Location of the Loops and Hooks was identical to the First Covering. The spacing between each pair of hooks was 0.5 cubits....

Except for the center of the covering, where there was a 2 cubit gap between 25th and 26th hook....

And the spacing between the the edges of the covering and 1th and 50th hooks was 2 cubits: 1 cubits more than the First Covering, since the width of the Second Covering was 30 cubits (not 28).

Here is a close-up view of both edges:

The resulting Covering would be 30 cubits wide and 44 cubits long...

Or 30 cubits wide and 42 cubits long, if you would consider a folded piece of 30x4 cubits
 (the closest on this picture)

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