Friday, February 26, 2010

Exodus 26:30 - An order of assembly of the Frame of The Tent of the Mishkan - Part 3

I have just realized, that this is one of the most overlooked verses in the description of the construction of the Mishkan.

Lets' take a closer look...

Exodus 26:30

30 And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.
‎30 ‏וַהֲקֵמֹתָ֖ אֶת־הַמִּשְׁכָּ֑ן כְּמִ֨שְׁפָּט֔וֹ אֲשֶׁ֥ר הָרְאֵ֖יתָ בָּהָֽר׃ ס
First of all, as we would find out later in the description, the Tent of the Tabernacle was setup first and before everything else. Here is why:
  1. Because Exodus 40:17-18 says so.
  2. It would allow everyone present to see the process
Secondly, even though the expression used is המשכן (the Tabernacle) and not האהל (the Tent), in this particular verse and its context our attention is specifically directed to remember the fact that the Tent was made out of separate parts, which had to be put together in a specific order just like the rest of the structure.

To my best knowledge, not a single commentator (traditional or not) discusses this matter.

And finally, here is a little animated sketch of the order of the assembly of the framework of the Tent of the Mishkan.

It is a rough approximation, as I'm not completely certain yet about an order in which the Tent was put together. However, it covers this highly overlooked detail of the description in the best possible manner that I could think of...

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