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Kapporet

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Kalam – Lectio Divina

Volume 15
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2017

1. Description

According to the Priestly tradition (Exod 25:17–22; 37:6–9), the kappōret is a rectangular slab made of solid gold, measuring 2.5 cubits (3.67 feet/1.11 meters) by 1.5 cubits (2.20 feet/0.67 meters). Biblical texts do not specify its thickness. The ends of the kappōret feature two statues of cherubim “of hammered work” (25:18), made of one piece with it. They face each other; their stretched-out wings extend toward each other so as to embrace an empty space above the center of the kappōret. Acc…

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