Sunday, February 28, 2010

Exodus 26:31 - The Inner Curtain of the Tent of the Tabernacle - Parochet

The description moves on to the curtains of the Tent of the Tabernacle. The following verses of the description are talking about the inner curtain of the Tent, that separated the Holly Of Hollies section(The Ark section) of the Tent from the remaining space of the Tent (the Sanctuary/The Lampstand/Table/Altar section).

Lets' take a look:
31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:

‎31 ‏וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ פָרֹ֗כֶת תְּכֵ֧לֶת וְאַרְגָּמָ֛ן וְתוֹלַ֥עַת שָׁנִ֖י וְשֵׁ֣שׁ מָשְׁזָ֑ר מַעֲשֵׂ֥ה חֹשֵׁ֛ב יַעֲשֶׂ֥ה אֹתָ֖הּ כְּרֻבִֽים׃

As you can see, the materials that were used to make the Inner Curtain were pretty much identical to those of the First Covering of the Tent. The design features were also pretty much similar: it had the cherubs...

The Curtain dimensions were 10 cubits by 10 cubits even, with thickness of no more than 4-6mm (about 1/2 of the fingerbreadth)

I have not research an accurate meaning for the expression "מַעֲשֵׂ֥ה חֹשֵׁ֛ב " (of cunning work/work of a craftsman(designer))", so I'll go, for now, with the traditional interpretation.
Rashi commentary on Exodus 26:31 says:

Work of a craftsman.
I have already explained that this refers to [separate] weavings on the two sides and that the images on the two sides were not similar to each other.

Here is the Front Side (the Sanctuary side of the curtain)

And here is the view from the Top upon the curtain...

And here you can compare both sides of the curtain at once...

And here is the Back Side (The Holly Of Hollies/The Ark side) of the curtain...

Please note, that this is also a very rought approximation of the design of the curtain, so it may not be 100% correct. However, I will show my reasoning behind such design in my next posts.

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