Thursday, December 30, 2010

Q&A - Why there were 60 pillars in courtyard ?

As far as I can tell, the Tabernacle Courtyard among all other things functioned as a giant clock. By looking at the shadow cast by the Pillar of Smoke (Exodus 33:10) upon the Courtyard Hangings and Pillars, one could very easily tell time of the day.

And even though a very thorough research into this matter is needed, it is very easy to notice that 60 Pillars would signify 1/60 of a day, or 0.4 hour (24 minutes) of the day each. Just like any modern clock is divided into 60 sections, so was the Courtyard of the Tabernacle.

You can refer to this video to get basic idea of how it worked:

There are perhaps other, non astronomic reasons for such quantity of Pillars, but again, a thorough research is needed to identify what these reasons may be.

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