Pegs, Pegs, and More Pegs

To my knowledge, the Bible does not mention anything about guide lines for the courtyard fence posts. Exodus 27:19 does state that all the pegs of the Tabernacle and the pegs of the court shall be of bronze. It is probably safe to assume that these pegs were there to secure guide lines for the Tabernacle and the courtyard fence. It appears that most depictions of the Tabernacle show these fence posts with guide lines, which is reasonable given the possibility of desert wind storms. The bronze base supporting each post, though heavy, would have a difficult time holding up a seven foot cloth fence in such a storm.

The guide lines need to be secured to the ground so we used inch wire nails for the pegs. These will be painted bronze later. The location for the fence posts had been marked on the board earlier. Those lines with their cross marks can be seen in the photo above. Marks were placed on each side of this fence line to indicate the position of each peg. Pegs would be positioned halfway between posts and just over 2 away. Photos showing this in more detail will come later.

You can see in these photos that the interior of the Tabernacle was finished except for the lampstand, which was not ready at this time. You can also see the tapered wooden strips going around the perimeter of the Tabernacle. A little spackling compound used to patch sheetrock worked well to smooth out the joints in each corner. When covered with sand, these strips will cause the ground to slope up to the base of the Tabernacle.

Ramp for the Altar of Burnt Offering

The Biblical description of the Altar of Burnt Offering tell us that it was about 4 1/2 feet high and about 7 1/2 feet square. The description does not go into detail concerning the exact configuration of the altar, so there is some question as to how it was set up. Most depictions show the altar elevated with a foundation of rock or some other material, along with a ramp to allow the priest to get up to it. Some replicas and drawings even show two ramps, one on each side. Since the altar was made of wood covered with bronze, many believe that the walls of the altar had a dirt bank built up along the inside edge to protect it from the heat.

We used a simple wooden ramp made from light craft wood. After gluing it in place, we glued rock debris to each side and also on the side facing the location of the altar. After this was dry, a coat of white glue (diluted slightly with water) was brushed onto the top of the ramp. Landscaping sand was spread on top of the ramp; more sand was sprinkled between the rocks, and the whole ramp was sprayed with scenic cement. More photos on this to come.

Raising Walls and Laying Sand