Friday, February 12, 2010

Exodus 26:19 and 38:27 - Silver Sockets for the Boards of the Tabernacle Tent

Before I move on to the next verse, I wanted to provide a bit more details on the silver sockets that were holding the boards of the Tent of The Mishkan:

Exodus 26:19
19 And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.
‎19 ‏וְאַרְבָּעִים֙ אַדְנֵי־כֶ֔סֶף תַּעֲשֶׂ֕ה תַּ֖חַת עֶשְׂרִ֣ים הַקָּ֑רֶשׁ שְׁנֵ֨י אֲדָנִ֜ים תַּֽחַת־הַקֶּ֤רֶשׁ הָאֶחָד֙ לִשְׁתֵּ֣י יְדֹתָ֔יו וּשְׁנֵ֧י אֲדָנִ֛ים תַּֽחַת־הַקֶּ֥רֶשׁ הָאֶחָ֖ד לִשְׁתֵּ֥י יְדֹתָֽיו׃

Exodus 38:27
27 And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.

27 ‏וַיְהִ֗י מְאַת֙ כִּכַּ֣ר הַכֶּ֔סֶף לָצֶ֗קֶת אֵ֚ת אַדְנֵ֣י הַקֹּ֔דֶשׁ וְאֵ֖ת אַדְנֵ֣י הַפָּרֹ֑כֶת מְאַ֧ת אֲדָנִ֛ים לִמְאַ֥ת הַכִּכָּ֖ר כִּכָּ֥ר לָאָֽדֶן׃
Therefore, we are told that there were two (2) silver sockets for each of the boards of the Tent, and each socket was made out of one (1) talent of silver:

Here is an image:
The cube of silver on the left represents an approximation of a Talent of Silver - a cube with a side of approximately 12cm, and an approximate weight of 17kg. To the right, you can see the socket that was made out of the cube on the left.

Since it is obvious for the image above, that it would be impossible to make a solid socket out of relatively small quantity of available silver, it can be concluded that the sockets were HOLLOW inside. Just like the Golden Menorah.

All in all, each of the silver sockets would be 0.75 cubits in length, most likely around 0.75 cubits tall, 0.25 cubits wide and would weigh around 17kg.
The shape of the sockets would be close to that of on the images above, as such design is the most reasonable considering other details that I will cover later.

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