Thursday, May 6, 2010

Exodus 27:19 - The summary of all Copper parts of The Mishkan discussed in Exodus 25:1-27:19

The Exodus 27:19 puts even more emphasis on the fact, that all "external"(so to speak) parts of The Mishkan that were discussed up to this point(from Ex.25:1 to Ex.27:19)were to be made of Copper. Let's take a look:

Exodus 27:19
19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

‎19 ‏לְכֹל֙ כְּלֵ֣י הַמִּשְׁכָּ֔ן בְּכֹ֖ל עֲבֹדָת֑וֹ וְכָל־יְתֵדֹתָ֛יו וְכָל־יִתְדֹ֥ת הֶחָצֵ֖ר נְחֹֽשֶׁת׃ ס

In this verse, the expression "all the vessels(furnishings) of the tabernacle"/"‏לְכֹל֙ כְּלֵ֣י הַמִּשְׁכָּ֔ן" refers to the following items:
  1. Copper plated Altar of Burnt Offering
  2. Copper Grate of the Altar of Burnt Offering
  3. A Pair of Copper plated Staves to carry the Altar
  4. Copper Shovels for the Altar service
  5. Copper Flesh Hooks for the Altar Service
  6. Copper Censers to smoke incense
  7. Copper Ash and Grease Pots(or buckets) for the Altar service
  8. Copper Sprinkling Bowls to sprinkle oil and blood for the Altar service
  9. Miscellaneous Copper Utensils, such as Copper Cleaning Brushes to clean the Altar (see Num. 4:13)
  10. Five(5) Copper Sockets for the Five Outer Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan
  11. Sixty (60) Copper Sockets for the Sixty Courtyard Pillars of the Mishkan
Here is the rendering of all these copper parts:

As the verse further indicates, there were also Pegs(or Stakes) that were used to secure the Tent of the Mishkan. This is the first verse of the description that discusses this and I will cover these Pegs in more details in my next posts.
I'm not sure yet how many Stakes there were for the Tent, but as Ex.27:19 states they were also to be made of Copper and were most likely identical to those of the Courtyard Pillars. A reasonable estimate would be a sixty(60) Copper Stakes, that helped to support the Tent. Here it is:

And of'course, there were also the Courtyard Pegs(or Stakes) that helped to support the Pillars of the Courtyard of the Mishkan. These Stakes were to be made of Copper and I'm almost sure that there were two(2) Stakes per each of the sixty(60) Pillars of the Courtyard, putting the total number of Courtyard Stakes at 60*2=120.

And on this image, you can see all of the mentioned Copper parts of the Mishkan at once. Running a little bit ahead of myself, I would like to note that all of these parts (save for the Copper Laver that has not been covered by the description yet) were made of 70 Talents and 2400 Shekels of Copper (see Ex.38:29-31)

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