By Maurice Schmidt

This publication is the 1st paintings that establishes the traditional Israelite Tabernacle as a seminal murals. It brings jointly the doubtless divergent worlds of biblical symbolism and paintings heritage. whereas all recognize that Western paintings used to be usually encouraged by means of biblical tale and poetry, the trendy learn of paintings presupposes that Western non secular paintings originates in simple terms from Greco-Roman civilizations. This booklet includes 4 colour photos.

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4. Golden Sec/ion Spiral: l11C Ram's Horn immobility; a perfection that of itself offers no prospect of change, a form Squares and rectangles intersect discomforting to beings that to infinity. freedom of movement. " It is at least possible that a similar cognition existed in Israelite culture between the four-letter word for God, the tetragrammaton (phonetic: yod hey vov hey) and the subsequent adoption of the square/cube for the Tabernacle structure. Hebrew root words are three letters. In a language of three-letter root words, a four-letter word for its most sacred name seems significant, especially in its close association with Exodus.

All was transparent and knowable. The methods of its construction, the priestly rituals, including those carried on in the Holy of Holies by the high priest, are described in detail in Exodus and Leviticus. In these characteristics, the Tabernacle complex differed uniquely from its contemporaries and from future religious centers such as Delphi with its screaming Oracle enhanced by mechanical device. While there are some divine elements in the biblical narrative such as the Pillar of Fire and the Cloud which are not explainable, everything that pertained to the Tabernacle's service, maintenance, and use by human agency is rational, knowable, and described in detail.

Ark of the Covenant, Ark of Testimony. and Ark of the Tablets all refer to the same structure throughout this tex\. 12 Exodus 27:16-19. " ... Iength of the gate of the Court shall be a screen of twenty cubits ... of blue and purple and scarlet. " 10 II 16 mesh curtains surrounding the Outer Court, the entrance gate screen just outside the eastern square and the Tent of Meeting inside the western square together unified the entire Tabernacle structure in bursts of vibrant color and design like two precious jewels set in a band of white gold.

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