Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Exodus 26:37 - Five Outer Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan - Part 3

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
And on this image you can compare the Copper Sockets of the Five Outer Pillars to the Talent of Copper, Talent of Silver and to one of the the Silver Board Sockets.
It is interesting to note that since the density of Copper( ~8930kg/m^3) is slightly less than the density of Silver(~10490kg/m^3), the Copper Sockets were a little bit lighter.

And here is a cross section of the Socket that did not have a slit. 

And here is the cross section of the Socket with the slit(right) compared to the cross section of the Socket without the slit(left).

And here you can compare two types of Sockets made for the Five Outer Pillars: the front view is shown here.

And here you can compare the back-side of the two different Socket types that were used for Five Outer Pillars of the Entrance Curtain.

This special cut-out on two(2) out of five(5) of the Sockets was specifically made to accommodate the adjacent Silver Sockets of the Tent Walls (eastern edge of North and South walls of the Tent).

As you can see, these Sockets would form a perfect fit once they were put together.

Such design would allow the Boards on the edge of the Walls of the Tent to touch the Pillars.

Since the Pillars were made out of two equal pieces, each halve of each of Pillar was probably put first...

And then, the other halves of the Pillars were installed into the Sockets, forming Five Outer Pillars. It is possible that the Pillars were assembled first and only then put into the Sockets.
Regardless, the result would look like this:

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