Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Q&A - What was the weight of beams in the Mishkan ?

According to the traditional opinions (Talmud Bavli), the weight of beams of the framework of the Mishkan was  ~25000 kg (according Rav. Jehuda opinion) or ~ 51000kg (according to Rav. Nehemiah opinion).

According to my opinion (and some other commentators), the proper weight of the beams (or rather - boards) of the Mishkan should have been around 1000kg if one would ever hope to transport them on 8 Bulls and 4 Carts (as per Numbers 7:8).

Diagram below shows all three opinions. You can also check these (or your own) values by using my Tabernacle Calculator here.

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