Day 30

Exodus 36-38

Well this was a fast read. It’s just a rehash of the instructions for the tabernacle structure, furniture, and accoutrements, described as the construction took place.

exodus 38

The SAB has no annotations, just a big yawn icon for ‘boring stuff’. But note the opulence and cost of the project. The lamp stand alone, with its accessories, used 75 pounds (1 talent = approx. 34 kg) of pure gold (ch 37:24). Every clasp and curtain hook was made of gold or silver. Chapter 38: 24-31 lists the inventory of raw materials used for the whole project, including 2193 pounds of gold, 7545 pounds of silver, and 5310 pounds of bronze. Come on! Even with unlimited slave labor, where would they get all that quantity of minerals? Sure sounds like a tall tale to me – I bet the amount of gold used in construction increased with each telling of the story! And note the tax money from over 600,000 men used to cover the cost. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose, as the saying goes (the more things change, the more they stay the same).

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