May 27, 2014

High Priest Breastplate: Part 1

The breastplate and clothing of the High Priest (image from the Temple Institute)
The next portion of the High Priest clothing that I have completed is the breastplate. The Bible teaches that the breastplate was to be made of a similar fabric as the ephod, being made of purple, blue and red wool with white linen and gold threads (see Exodus 28:15). It is one of the few pieces of clothing that actually has a dimension, "Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof" (Exodus 28:16). A span is about 9" long, so it was about 9" square doubled over (so actually 9" x 18" folded in half to make 9" x 9"). The folded portion created a pocket where the urim and thummim could be stored (more pictures to follow).

Looming the breastplate fabric
The end of the fabric just before I cut it off the loom
Closeup of the fabric showing the purple, red, blue, white and gold thread
The 9" x 18" piece of fabric before finishing and tying off the ends
The breastplate fabric folded in half with the un-set 12 stones
The Bible teaches that the breastplate was to be attached by two chains (at the top) which were hooked to two straps that ran down the back, and two blue ties, which were tied to the ephod. The chains were to be of  "wreathen work" or braided, and attached to golden rings (see Exodus 28:22-25).

Gold chains of "wreathen work" or braided
The bottom of the breastplate was attached by tieing the blue straps to the ephod. This was so that the breastplate would not swing up or out while the high priest was working. This blue strap was to be the same color as the blue strap of the crown. (See Exodus 28:26-29).

The blue strap on the bottom of the breastplate

9 comments:

  1. More on those stones please. They look terrific.

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  2. Once I figure out how to do the settings for the stones, I will post more pictures and give more details on them. The stones (I hope) will be engraven with the names of the 12 tribes, and then mounted into gold settings (or something that looks like gold).

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    1. Can you make me the top portion only, if so how much? princessc12000@yahoo.com Shalom

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  3. I would like to know if you be willing to make me a replica of your breastplate and ephod? Please email me at strozier501@yahoo.com

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  4. I regret to inform you but you have the order of the precious stones on the breastplate backwards. Hebrew is written from RIGHT to left. So the red stone, perhaps a ruby, would be on the RIGHT side. Notice in this illustration: http://judaism.walla.co.il/item/2718459

    In order to interpret the bible accurately, it is good to study the original language. This Hebrew course can help you: https://www.udemy.com/aleph-bait-soup-read-biblical-hebrew-a-letter-at-a-time/#/

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  5. Thanks for the input! I actually have already changed the order about a week ago, all new pictures (once I actually have a chance to post the new pictures), should be in the correct order. When I placed these first stones, I was following the order of the Temple Institute, who has done an incredible amount of research on the clothing of the High Priest. Why they choose this order, I am not sure, but I have since decided to place the stones in the birth order from right to left as you mention. By the way, you have some great videos, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Where did you find the gold chains of wreathed work attached to gold rings? I've searched as many places I could find, and yet had no luck with finding them.

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    1. Etsy. They have so much stuff. Here is a listing showing my first chain: https://www.etsy.com/listing/221109294/vintage-gold-plated-textured-rolo-rope?ga_search_query=rolo&ref=shop_items_search_3

      And here is some other chain that I found that I think I like even better: https://www.etsy.com/listing/204733269/large-vintage-gold-plated-rolo-rope?ga_search_query=Plated+Rolo+Rope+Chain&ref=shop_items_search_2

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    2. Great! Thank you soo much for the links!

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