Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Exodus 26:32 - Four Inner Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan - Part 1

The Inner Vail had to be mounted onto something to serve its purpose, and thus the following verse:

Exodus 26:32
32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.
‎32 ‏וְנָתַתָּ֣ה אֹתָ֗הּ עַל־אַרְבָּעָה֙ עַמּוּדֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֔ים מְצֻפִּ֣ים זָהָ֔ב וָוֵיהֶ֖ם זָהָ֑ב עַל־אַרְבָּעָ֖ה אַדְנֵי־כָֽסֶף׃


Each pillar was, sort of,  "made" out of the a piece of wood equivalent to the regular boards of the Tent. The construction of the pillar would begin with a shittim board 10 cubits tall, 1.5 cubits wide and 0.0225 cubits thick:


Then, it would be split in two equal parts of 10 cubits tall, 0.75 cubits wide and 0.0225 cubits thick...

The resulting pieces would be bended into equal semi-tubes...

The resulting semi-tube were fitted with tenons and mortises, just like the rest of the boards of the Tent...

And, when both pieces were put together, they would form a Pillar 10 cubits tall, 0.5 cubits of the outter diameter, 1.5/Pi=0.4774 cubits inner diameter, with a thickness of 0.5-(1.5/Pi)=0.0225 cubits.

There were total of four(4) such pillars for the Inner Vail of the Tent...

But that was not all...

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