The Arch of Covenant


Who made the great Arch of Covenant back in the time of mosses. Where he got the knowledge and creativity to complete his task..? a big question that was in my mind since a long time so thought it about time to do some research on it. You will see about the artisan and the sessions In Exodus 31:1-6 and chapters 36 to 39 in the bible.


His name was Bezalel can be also pronounced as Bezaleel, or Betzalel, the chief artisan of the Tabernacle and was in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant, assisted by Aholiab, deputy architect of the holy arch, He is described in Exodus 38:23 as a master of carpentry, weaving, and embroidery.


Bezalel’s selection as a chief artisan was based on Moses' vision of how God wanted the tabernacle to be constructed, and chapters 36 to 39 recount the construction process is undertaken by Bezalel, Aholiab and every gifted artisan and willing worker, in accordance with the vision.


Bezalel was said to be highly gifted as a workman, showing great skill and originality in engraving precious metals and stones and in wood-carving. He was also a master-workman, having many apprentices under him whom he instructed in the arts (Ex. xxxv. 30-35). According to the narrative in Exodus, he was definitely called and endowed to direct the construction of the tent of meeting and its sacred furniture, and also to prepare the priests' garments and the oil and incense required for the service.

By virtue of his profound wisdom, Bezalel succeeded in erecting a sanctuary which seemed a fit abiding-place for God, who is so exalted in time and space The candlestick of the sanctuary was of so complicated a nature that Moses could not comprehend it, although God twice showed him a heavenly model; but when he described it to Bezalel, the latter understood immediately, and made it at once; whereupon Moses expressed his admiration for the quick wisdom of Bezalel, saying again that he must have been "in the shadow of God" (Hebr., "beẓel El") when the heavenly models were shown him. Bezalel is said to have been only thirteen years of age when he accomplished his great work (Sanh. 69b); he owed his wisdom to the merits of pious parents; his grandfather being Hur and his grandmother Miriam, he was thus a grand-nephew of Moses.



Illustration from the 13th century Morgan Bible of David bringing the Ark into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6).



More in-depth read :

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/aholiab/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_of_the_Covenant

http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3239-bezalel


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