Thursday, April 29, 2010

Exodus 27:11 - The dimensions and layout of the North Side of the Courtyard of The Mishkan

The description now talks about the North Side of the Court of the Tabernacle. Let's take a look:

Exodus 27:11
11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

11 ‏וְכֵ֨ן לִפְאַ֤ת צָפוֹן֙ בָּאֹ֔רֶךְ קְלָעִ֖ים מֵ֣אָה אֹ֑רֶךְ ועמדו וְעַמּוּדָ֣יו עֶשְׂרִ֗ים וְאַדְנֵיהֶ֤ם עֶשְׂרִים֙ נְחֹ֔שֶׁת וָוֵ֧י הָֽעַמֻּדִ֛ים וַחֲשֻׁקֵיהֶ֖ם כָּֽסֶף׃
The North Side of the Courtyard was pretty much identical to the South Side in terms of location and numbers of Pillars, as well as the length of fabric used. Just like with the South Side of the Court, the construction of the North Side would begin from its Corner Pillar. In this case, it was a North East Corner Pillar.

As the description states, the North Side of the Courtyard also had twenty(20) Pillars and one hundred(100) cubits of fabric in its Hangings. Therefore, there were also twenty(20) Pillars of 1 cubit in diameter(or width), twenty(20) sheets of fabric 5x5 cubits each, totaling 20*5=100 cubits in length. By adding these dimensions together, we would get: (20sheets of linen*5cubits long)+20pillars*1cubit long=100+20=120 cubits long.

As you can see, the North Side of the Courtyard was of the same length(120 cubits) and height(5 cubits) as the South Side. The North Side also had 20 Pillars of 1 cubit in diameter, and 100 cubits of fabric in 20 pieces of 5x5 cubits each.

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