Monday, May 2, 2011

Summary of possible designs of the Altar of Burnt Offering

I have found several more images depicting possible design of the Altar of Burnt Offering. These images from the web site (click on the link to view other images of the Altar presented there):
As you can see from this image, such design is also very plausible and practical. However, one thing that is personally bothering me is that the Altar itself has to have these "slots" on each of the corners to accommodate such Grate design, which could affect Altar's structural integrity and fire resistance.

For quick comparison, below are the other possible designs that I have covered so far (including my own), so that you can see them all at once and judge for yourself.

This one is from the web site:

And this one is from the James Strong's book - "The Tabernacle of Israel in the desert":

And these several designs are from Dutch text edition of Agostino Torniello's Annales Sacri et Profani by Heribertus Rosweydus (1569, Utrecht - 1629, Antwerp), ca. 1625 by TORNIELLO, A, coutesy of this web site:

And here is my design, that you can see on most of the images on this blog:

So as you can see, there are many different ways that the text of Exodus 27:1-8 and Exodus 38:1-7, can be interpreted. However, there is only one possible solution. Which one - it is still a mystery to me. But like I have said before, there are several important things that the design had to accommodate:

  1. Be relatively lightweight, so that the Altar with its Grate, Utensils and Coverings could be carried by relatively few people (4 most likely)
  2. Be relatively fire resistant, so that the Altar and its Grate could withstand an open fire for Burnt Offerings.
  3. Provide ease of access for cleaning both the Grate and the Altar during its service and transportation (see Numbers 4:13)
  4. Provide ease of access to the ashes produced by the Altar while it is still in operation (while the fire is burning on the Altar) - see i.e. Leviticus 6:10

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