Monday, March 06, 2017

Carrying poles on Israelite and Egyptian boxes

DR. RAANAN EICHLER: The Poles of the Ark and Tutankhamun’s Chest (
The description of what is to be done with the ark’s carrying poles (בַּדִּים) seems to differ between Exodus ch. 25 and Numbers 4. Medieval Jewish commentators offered many different solutions to this contradiction, but the best answer lies in what we learn from the construction of ancient Egyptian portable chests.