Monday, March 22, 2010

Exodus 26:37 - Five Outer Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan - Part 1

The Entrance Curtain was also to be hung upon the Pillars. Lets' take a look:

Exodus 26:37
37 And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.
‎37 ‏וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ לַמָּסָ֗ךְ חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַמּוּדֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֔ים וְצִפִּיתָ֤ אֹתָם֙ זָהָ֔ב וָוֵיהֶ֖ם זָהָ֑ב וְיָצַקְתָּ֣ לָהֶ֔ם חֲמִשָּׁ֖ה אַדְנֵ֥י נְחֹֽשֶׁת׃ ס

Just like the Four Pillars of the Vail, each of Five Pillars of the Entrance Curtain was formed from the piece of shittim wood equal to one(1) board of the Tent of The Mishkan. Thus, a piece of shittim wood that was required to form each of the Five Pillars was 10 cubits long by 1.5 cubits wide, 0.0225 cubits thick(a fingerbreadth).

This piece of wood was split into two(2) equal parts, each being 10 cubits long, 0.75 cubits wide and 0.0225 cubits thick.

Each of these two pieces of wood were bended into the identical semi-tube shaped pieces...

Here is a closer view...

Thus, when these two pieces were coupled together, they would form a Pillar that was 10 cubits long, 0.5 cubits in outer diameter and 0.4774 cubits of inner diameter.

The Pillars of the Entrance Curtain were identical to Pillars of the Vail, except for number of pillars required.
There were total of Five(5) Pillars for the Entrance Curtain.

The Pillars of the Entrance Curtain were also overlayed with Gold...

Just like on the Four Vail Pillars, there were special Golden Hooks made for the Five Pillars of the Entrance Curtain.And just like with the Vail Pillars, I cannot tell you exactly how many Hooks there were on each of the Pillars, as well as what were their dimensions.
At this point I will assume that there were nine(9) Golden Hooks on each of the Five Pillars, positioned one(1) cubit apart from one another along the Pillar height (i.e at one cubit off the ground, at two cubits of the ground e.t.c). Thus making a total of 45 Golden Hooks for Five Pillars of the Entrance Curtain.

Here is a closer view upon the Hooks...

These Golden Hooks were relatively small(~1-3cm), compared to the size of the pillar, making them practicaly unnoticeable from normal distance. (please zoom in for a better view)

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