February 12, 2007

Breadcrumb: Who did it?

In Ex. 36:1-2, we read that Bezaleel, Aholiab, and every skilled person came together to build the tabernacle and its furniture. However, in the description of the construction, the text uses the singular, "he made..." Furthermore, in Ex. 38:22-23, the text only mentions Bezaleel, assisted by Aholiab, as craftsmen, completely neglecting to mention anyone else. Though it seems far too much work for one or even two people, more impressive miracles had happened in the Israelite camp to discount the possibility that they were the sole craftsmen.

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