Thursday, April 22, 2010

Exodus 27:9 - Tabernacle Courtyard (Chatzer) - The Hangings of the Court

The description now moves on to the Court of the Mishkan and its parts. Let's take a look:

Exodus 27:9
9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side:

9 ‏וְעָשִׂ֕יתָ אֵ֖ת חֲצַ֣ר הַמִּשְׁכָּ֑ן לִפְאַ֣ת נֶֽגֶב־תֵּ֠ימָנָה קְלָעִ֨ים לֶחָצֵ֜ר שֵׁ֣שׁ מָשְׁזָ֗ר מֵאָ֤ה בָֽאַמָּה֙ אֹ֔רֶךְ לַפֵּאָ֖ה הָאֶחָֽת׃
First and foremost, the perimeter of the Courtyard was made out of many identical pieces of fabric - the Hangings (קְלָעִים). Each such Hanging was five(5) cubits long by five(5) cubits wide, and probably between 5-10mm thick. Most likely white in color and of simple design, the Hangings were not of a very high quality of craftsmaship as the Curtains of the Tent of the Tabernacle.

Here is the rendering of one of such Hanging:

Just like the Curtains of the Tent of the Tabernacle, the Courtyard Hangings featured a special pocket on their top edge, so that they can be mounted upon the Connecting Rods of the Courtyard Pillars as the description is going to show later.

Here is a top view upon the Hanging. As you can see, it was relatively small.

In fact, on this image you can compare a Hanging of the Court to the Entrance Curtain of the Tent. If you remember, the Entrance Curtain was 10 cubits by 10 cubits, thus each of the Hangings of the Court was twice as small(or 5x5 cubits)

As the description states, there were to be hundred(100) cubits of Hangings(fabric) on the South Side of the Courtyard. Thus, there were 100cubits total/5cubits per Hanging = 20 Hangings, 5x5 cubits each.  Here is how it looked like:

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