Friday, March 25, 2011

Two interesting books on The Tabernacle

Here is a couple of very interesting books that I would highly recommend to check out:

The first book is a magnificent edition of the James Strong's "The Tabernacle of Israel in the desert".

Dating back to 1888, this book is of'course is far from the cutting edge of the Biblical scholarship and will reveal nothing new. However, due its amazing illustrations and certain useful insights, I would highly recommend to check it out, especially considering that due to its public domain status, you can do it for free.

Here is the short excerpt:
"Among the most important discoveries of the author under this head may be mentioned the form and adjustment of the "corner boards," a failure in which has led all previous interpreters astray at the foundation; the relation and application of the sixth goats'-hair curtain, which has never before been explained in conformity with the phraseology of the sacred text and the obvious needs of the case; the fitting size, the mode of suspension, and the peculiar folds of the colored curtains, with the position of the figures embroidered on them, and especially the distribution of their colors ; the shape and posture of the cherubim ; and the style of the various pieces of apparatus and costume, including the mysterious Urim and Thummim."

You can download a full PDF copy of the book from Founding Father's Faith Ministry web site.

And for comparison, here is a brand new book (2011) called "Rediscovering Mathematics: You Do the Math" by Shai Simonson, Ph.D.

The most interesting part of this book is Chapter 4, which is called "Thinking Like a Mathematician -- Lessons from a Medieval Rabbi", which is expanded version of this article that those of you who had been reading my blog could see for some time in my Important Articles section.

This book can serve as a prime example of how Bible can be the used as a source of mathematical knowledge that can be taught to children and adults alike.

Since the book is brand new, there is probably only limited preview available. However, you can check out the aforementioned article, Book Summary and this PDF with full Table of Content of the book to get an idea of what it is about.

And here is also an excerpt from the book's description from the Amazon web site link above:
"Topics range in difficulty and cover a wide range of historical periods, with some examples demonstrating how to uncover mathematics in everyday life, including: number theory and its application to secure communication over the Internet, the algebraic and combinatorial work of a medieval mathematician Rabbi, and applications of probability to sports, casinos, and gambling."
Please note that both of the books, among other things, are the most useful in understanding the design of the Corner Boards and the Courtyard of the Tabernacle.


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