The curtains of the tabernacle (Ex 36:8-36:19)

“All those with skill among the workers made the tabernacle with ten curtains.  They were made of fine twisted linen, and blue, purple, and crimson yarns, with cherubim skillfully worked into them.  The length of each curtain was twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits.  All the curtains were the same size.”  

As in chapter 26, the tabernacle had 10 curtains of fine linen and colorful yarns with cherubim skillfully worked into them.  Cherubim seemed to have a special role.  All 10 of the curtains were the same size, about 50’ long..

“He joined five curtains to one another.  Then the other five curtains he joined to one another.  He made loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain of the first set.  Likewise he made them on the edge of the outermost curtain of the second set.  He made fifty loops on the one curtain.  He made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was in the second set.  The loops were opposite one another.   He made fifty clasps of gold, and joined the curtains one to the other with clasps.  So the tabernacle curtain was one whole.”

These colorful 50’ long curtains were joined together in 2 groups of 5.  There were 50 loops on the edge of both sets of the curtains.  The curtains were joined together with 50 clasps of gold to make one complete covering.

“He also made curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle.  He made eleven curtains.  The length of each curtain was thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits.  The eleven curtains were of the same size.  He joined five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves.  He made fifty loops on the edge of the outermost curtain of the one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the other connecting curtain.  He made fifty clasps of bronze to join the tent together so that it might be one whole.   He made for the tent a covering of tanned rams’ skins and an outer covering of fine leather.”

This artisan continued his work following the outline of chapter 26.  He also made 11 same size curtains of goat’s hair, but a little longer, 2 cubits more than the linen curtains, or about a yard longer.  These were divided into 5 and 6.  Once again, there were the 50 loops and 50 bronze, and not gold, clasps loops to join them together. Then on top of this he took tanned ram’s skins and an outer covering of fine leather.   This was a layered tent with the fine curtains on the inside and the goats’ hair, ram’s skins, and leather on the outside.