Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Exodus 27:17 - The Summary of the details of the Pillars of the Courtyard

At this point, the description moves on to summarizing the most important details of the Courtyard. In this verse, special attention is paid to the details of the Pillars of the Courtyard of the Mishkan. Let's take a look:

Exodus 27:17
17 All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass.

‎17 ‏כָּל־עַמּוּדֵ֨י הֶֽחָצֵ֤ר סָבִיב֙ מְחֻשָּׁקִ֣ים כֶּ֔סֶף וָוֵיהֶ֖ם כָּ֑סֶף וְאַדְנֵיהֶ֖ם נְחֹֽשֶׁת׃

All of the sixty(60) Pillars of the Courtyard were "filleted" (or rather Connected / "מחשקים") with the Silver plated Connecting Rods of five(5) cubits long each.

These Rods would serve a dual purpose: they would provide structural integrity to the Courtyard and they would be the main support for the Hangings of the Courtyard.

Each of the Pillars also had several Silver Hooks ("כֶּ֔סֶף וָוֵיהֶ֖ם") built into its sides to help to secure the Hangings. These Hooks were relatively small, so please click on the image to zoom in for better view:

Here is a closer view upon one of these Silver Hooks. As you can see, each of the Hangings of the Courtyard was secured to the Pillar by these Hooks.

All of the Pillars of the Courtyard stood upon the Copper Sockets. Each such Copper Socket was made out of one(1) Talent of Copper(~17kg). These Sockets were hollow inside.
 And even though the Sockets were slightly larger in diameter than the Pillars, they would not get in the way of the Hangings, as the Hangings were made out of fabric and would wrap around the Sockets on the bottom.

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