Friday, September 24, 2010

Exodus 26:32 & 26:37 - Playing with Pillars and the Schematic Layout of the Tent of the Tabernacle

I wanted to show you the schematic layout of the Tent of the Tabernacle. I figured that a gray scale rendering of only major parts of the Tent would allow you to better understand the design.

On this image, you can see the major parts of the Tent of the Mishkan:

And on this image, you can see the corner boards of the Tent of the Mishkan. As you can see, these two-parts corner boards were cylindrical in shape and hollow.

While I was making this rendering, I also had a chance to check out my theory about a slightly different layout of the Pillars of the Tent of the Mishkan. If you recall from Exodus 26:32 and Exodus 26:37, there were two sets of Pillars, that served as a mounting points for the respective curtains of the Tent.
32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.

32 ‏וְנָתַתָּ֣ה אֹתָ֗הּ עַל־אַרְבָּעָה֙ עַמּוּדֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֔ים מְצֻפִּ֣ים זָהָ֔ב וָוֵיהֶ֖ם זָהָ֑ב עַל־אַרְבָּעָ֖ה אַדְנֵי־כָֽסֶף׃
37 And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.

‎37 ‏וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ לַמָּסָ֗ךְ חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַמּוּדֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֔ים וְצִפִּיתָ֤ אֹתָם֙ זָהָ֔ב וָוֵיהֶ֖ם זָהָ֑ב וְיָצַקְתָּ֣ לָהֶ֔ם חֲמִשָּׁ֖ה אַדְנֵ֥י נְחֹֽשֶׁת׃ ס

I have made a similar gray scale rendering of this modified design of the Tent, so that you can compare it to my current design. As you can see from the image below, in this improved design, I have increased the diameter of pillars from 0.5 cubits to 1 cubits (just like the corner boards), and also moved three middle Pillars out of five Outer Pillars 0.5 cubits inward from the center line of the Outer Pillars. (NOTE: even  though it may not be seen clearly from this rendering, even with pillars being 1 cubits in diameter, there seem to be still plenty of space left between the pillars for the priests to pass through - about 1.5 cubits)

And here you can compare a footprint of the Tent of the Mishkan of my reviewed design...
 ....with the footprint of the Tent of the Mishkan in my current design.

I'm not going to discuss in detail as to why I wanted to change the diameter of the Pillars. However, all I can say for now, it seems to me that this new design may help to resolve some of the problems with the arrangement of the elements of the Tent, improving an overall compliance to the original description. Once I will get a chance to examine this design thoroughly, I will try to discuss it in much more details.

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