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Friday, January 21, 2011

Q&A - What was the purpose of the Golden Lampstand in Exodus 25 ?

The purpose of the Golden Lampstand (the Menorah) is outlined in the original text, primarily in Leviticus 24:1-4. Let's take a look:

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

3 Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.

4 He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually.
‎1 ‏וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃

‎2 ‏צַ֞ו אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃

‎3 ‏מִחוּץ֩ לְפָרֹ֨כֶת הָעֵדֻ֜ת בְּאֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֗ד יַעֲרֹךְ֩ אֹת֨וֹ אַהֲרֹ֜ן מֵעֶ֧רֶב עַד־בֹּ֛קֶר לִפְנֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה תָּמִ֑יד חֻקַּ֥ת עוֹלָ֖ם לְדֹרֹֽתֵיכֶֽם׃

‎4 ‏עַ֚ל הַמְּנֹרָ֣ה הַטְּהֹרָ֔ה יַעֲרֹ֖ךְ אֶת־הַנֵּר֑וֹת לִפְנֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה תָּמִֽיד׃ פ

As you can see from these verses, the Lampstand [hammənōrâ] primary purpose was to hold 7 Golden Lamps [eṯ-hannērwōṯ], into which the Pure Olive Oil [šemen zayiṯ zāḵə] was to be put, so that the Lamps can provide continuous [tāmîḏ] light for the Tabernacle: from evening to morning(Exodus 27:21) and from morning until the evening (Exodus 30:7-8)...

The proper term for the Golden Lampstand is - The Lampstand of Light [אֶת־מְנֹרַ֤ת הַמָּאוֹר֙][eṯ-mənōraṯ hammā’wōr] (Numbers 4:9):

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you create the lampstand image? Is it for sale or can I use it for an upcoming conference we are having?

Aleksandr Sigalov said...

Yes, all images on this blog are created by me unless otherwise is noted (or obvious).

My images are licensed for non-commercial and/or educational use. So if this is what you need it for you can use them without any restrictions.

Does this answer your question?

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