Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tabernacle (Mishkan) Calculator and Analyzer

Dear readers,

It is my great pleasure to present you with the first in the world (yes!) complete calculator for the Tabernacle (The Mishkan), all of its parts and artefacts.

Also, this calculator would give you an opportunity to play with different values of different parts of the Mishkan and see how it would affect an overall result and textual agreement.

For example (with current default values as of the date of this post), this calculator would show you, that the Ark of the Covenant would weigh approximately 100kg and consume about 2.73 out of 29 Talents of Gold, that were donated for the Mishkan. Also, this calculator would tell you, that Ark's Weight of ~100kg seems to be reasonable weight for four men to carry for long distances.

You can also use this and this articles as a good comparison and reference point.

Of' course, this calculator is not perfect and there is still some work that needs to be done on it. Therefore, please keep in mind the following:
  1. This calculator uses simplified model of the Mishkan and its parts (i.e. the Crown of the Ark of The Covenant is calculated as a simple rectangular frame, instead of an actual Crown-like Border of an elaborate design).
  2. This calculator has very limited error-checking capabilities, so it is your responsibility to enter proper values and use correct system of units.
  3. This calculator may contain mistakes, so you are highly advised to re-check results yourself, if you plan on using these results in your study. But if you find one, please let me know.
  4. There are still some inconsistencies with the chosen values for the Altar of Burnt Offering and The Laver- I'm still working on it (i.e weight of the copper for the Altar, Grate, Laver)
Regardless of the above shortcomings, the results that this calculator produces are much more precise than anything available at the moment. And this is why I hope that this calculator will be a great tool in the study of the Pentateuch.

I hope you enjoy it,


Aleksandr Sigalov

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