Tabernacle 3D Project
Tabernacle in the Wilderness in 3D

Introduction

This is a project I am working on in 3D (Dimensions) using Blender Software. I have several of the pieces done, but I am still working on the others. I tried my very best to make this tabernacle as close to scripture as I can. I followed the biblical standard of a 18" a cubic. This Tabernacle is made to scale. On parts that are not described in scripture, I used my imagination.


The Entire Tabernacle In Progress

Tabernacle In Progress

STATUS: 8 of 8 PIECES SEMI-COMPLETED

LATEST UPDATE (11-14-2016):
• Added the Ark of the Covenant (see below)

LATEST UPDATE (11-10-2016):
• Added the Altar of Incense (see below)

LATEST UPDATE (11-9-2016):
• Added the Linen, Goat Skin, Rams Skin and Bdger Skin covering on Holy Place, with tie-downs.
• Added embroidered angels to curtains


The Outer Court

Outer Court

LAST UPDATE:
Re-Rendered with new Render Engine. Updated the sand and fixed the Gold Posts. They are now realistically reflective.

FACTS:
• 150' long x 75' wide
• 7.5' high

NOTES:
The specifications were pretty clear so the photo matches pretty close to the real thing. The only thing I am not sure of yet, is the how, or what the ropes looked like that held the pillars upright. Nor, am I exactly sure what the purple, blue and scarlet needlework door to the court looked like.

STATUS:
The Outer Court is complete

SCRIPTURE:
And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten. And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits. The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four. All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass. The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass. All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass. (Exo 27:9-19)


Brazen Altar

Brazen Altar

LAST UPDATE:
Re-Rendered with a new Render Engine for more realistic look. Added realistic ground. Removed the shininess off the brass because there would not be any because of the heat.

FACTS:
• 7.5' long x 7.5' wide
• 4.5' high

NOTES:
The specifications were pretty clear so the photo matches pretty close to the real thing. The only thing I am not sure of, is the exact look of the brass because brass can be shiny (greenish), goldish or brown like in the photo. I chose the brownish brass because the heat of the flames would of taken all shininess off. The grate is in the "midst" (middle) of the altar... So, I got that right. I did have to use some imagination (with common sense) for the top and bottom framing to hold the walls of the altar together. I believe there were some kind of footing so that the dripping pans could slide under the altar... but, it's just speculation.  I chose the small rocky sand instead of smooth desert sand because the Sinai area is a very rocky terrain. I am sure there were spots of just sand. But, I chose this ground to give the scenes a more rustic look.

STATUS:
I haven't made all the accessories yet as mentioned in the scriptures below.

SCRIPTURE:
And thou shalt make an Altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass. And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass. And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof. And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar. And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass. And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it. Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it. (Exo 27:1-8)


Laver of Water

Laver of Water

LAST UPDATE:
Re-Rendered with a new Render Engine for more realistic look. Added realistic ground. Removed the shininess off the brass.

FACTS:
• Dimensions Unknown

NOTES:
The specifications are not mentioned in scripture, so, I had to use some common sense that it stood at least 3-4 feet tall. High enough so the priest could comfortably lean over to wash. Because there isn't much detail on how the laver looked, I use some imagination for the stand below the laver. A laver is a bowl shaped object, so I believe I have the top laver correct.

STATUS:
The Laver of Water is complete

SCRIPTURE:
Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations. (Exo 30:18-21)


The Holy Place

The Holy Place

LAST UPDATE:
Added the Linen, Goat Skin, Rams Skin and Badger Skin coverings. Added tie-downs. Added embroidered angels to curtains.

FACTS:
• 15' Tall
• 45' Long
• 13.5' Wide

NOTES:
The specifications for the holy place is very detailed. The only thing that I have to use my imagination with is the embroidered angels on the curtains, linen and the 3 skins. In the above photo I moved the 4 coverings back in layers so you can see the different coverings. When actually setup, the covers are right up to the front of the top beam.

STATUS:
Done with this for now. Maybe down the road, I will add all the rings and border stitching.

SCRIPTURE:
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them. The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and every one of the curtains shall have one measure. The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another. And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second. Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another. And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle. And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make. The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle. And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second. And thou shalt make fifty taches of brass, and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one. And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle. And a cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tent, it shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and on that side, to cover it. And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers' skins. And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up. Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board. Two tenons shall there be in one board, set in order one against another: thus shalt thou make for all the boards of the tabernacle. And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward. And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons. And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards: And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board. And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards. And two boards shalt thou make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides. And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it unto one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners. And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board. And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward. And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end. And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold. And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount. And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side. And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them. (Exo 26:1-37)


Candlestick Lampstand

Candlestick Lampstand

LAST UPDATE:
Re-Rendered with a new Render Engine for more realistic look. Added realistic ground. Add some more Knops on the branches and base of the stand.

FACTS:
• Dimensions Unknown
• One Beaten Piece of Gold
• Oil Was Used For The Light

NOTES:
The specifications were pretty clear as to how the candlestick branches should be made. However, the details in the look or dimensions of the candlestick isn't known. But, what I do have right is the bowls, knops and flowers on the top of each branch. An Almond is shaped as an oval (simetimes pointed), so, I made the shape of the bowls oval. A knop is typcially in a shape of a gourd or an egg; so, I am close to that. The flowers are speculation, but, I am fairly close to that too. There is no description of any other decorations on the branches, I did however, put some knops on the branches and trunk of the candlestick for each of the 6 branches. I was undecided about where the knops go, because the scripture mentions the knops in two places, but can't be sure if they are separate from the top knops or not. As far as the base and trunk, I used imagination... no scripture for those. And lastly, I figure the height of the candle stick to be anywhere from 5-7 feet high because the priest had to use snuffing dishes. They may not of needed those unless the candlestick was high enough to use them; plus it had to be high enough to light the inside of the entire holy place so the priest could see.

STATUS:
I still need to make the oil vessels, snuff-dishes and tongs.

SCRIPTURE:
And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. (Exo 25:31-40)

And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it: (Num 4:9)


Table of Shewbread

Table of Shewbread

LAST UPDATE:
Re-Rendered with a new Render Engine for more realistic look. Added realistic ground. Changed the bread texture to something more real.

FACTS:
• 3' long x 18" wide
• 2.25' high
• Wood - Overlayed With Pure Gold

NOTES:
The dimensions were pretty clear on most of this. I am pretty close to the hand-breath (5-7") border. I had to use my imagination for the scroll work on that hand-breath border. I had to use my imagination as to where and what the crown looked like. The legs are speculative and I put in braces between each leg because I figure the weight of this gold table would require some support to keep it from falling over. I have the stave rings in the right place, but not sure how they would look. Everything else is just speculation and imagaination for decorations.

STATUS:
I still need to make the covers, spoons and bowls.

SCRIPTURE:
Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. (Exo 25:23-30)


The Altar of Incense

Altar of Incense

FIRST VERSION:

FACTS:
• 18" square
• 36" high
• Wood - Overlayed With Pure Gold
• Only Two Rings For Carrying

NOTES:
The dimensions were pretty clear on this. I have the crown close to being correct (don't know what it looked like). I have the horns and rings correctly in place. I used my imagination on the legs and scroll-work. This is a very small piece of furniture that simply just burns incense on it. So this is the most basic piece of furniture in the Holy Place.

STATUS:
I am done with this for now.

SCRIPTURE:
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD. (Exo 30:1-10)


The Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

FIRST VERSION:

FACTS:
• 45" Long
• 27" high
• 27" Wide
• Wood - Overlayed With Pure Gold

NOTES:
The dimensions were pretty clear on this. The two staves were to remain in the rings and never to be pulled out. There is no detail on how the ark looks or how the angels looked. However, scripture does say that they were on each end of the mercy seat (cover) and that their wings touched and they both were looking towards the mercy seat. I had to use my imagination for the entire look of the ark. I also chose to have the angels kneeling simply because it seems more of an act of humility and in-line with scriptures teaching on worship.

STATUS:
I am done with this for now.

SCRIPTURE:
And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. (Exo 25:10-21)

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Joh 3:5)
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