Thursday, March 29, 2018

Correct position of the rings/staves on the Ark of the Covenant and Table of Showbread

I have finally figured out where staves of the Ark and the Table should be positioned and the reason is very simple.

Here is the correct rendering of the Table and the staves:

As you can see, the staves on the Table of Showbread are supposed to be located along the long sides. 

This is because the Table was supposed to be placed next and along the Northern wall of the Tent of the Tabernacle so the staves would get in the way when the Table was carried in had they been located along the short sides.

Also, the Table was 1 cubit wide, which is similar to the width of the Altar of Incense which was also 1 cubit. So this means that the Table was carried by two people just like the Altar of Incense because 1 cubit width is equal to human shoulders width.

Same is true about the weight of the Table and Altar of Incense. They are about the same, which confirms that it was carried by only two people.

Same is with the Ark of the Covenant. The staves should be located along the long sides. This is because the Priest is said to stand between the Cherubim and had the staves been along the short sides, they would get in a way of the Priest when he was inside the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur.

The only difference with the Ark is that its width was 1.5 cubits, which means that it would require four people to carry it because the width is more than human shoulders width. You can see the correct rendering of the Ark on my Tabernacle Images page.

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