“…Thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red…”
This covering was made of ram skins dyed red. No dimensions for this covering are given in the scriptural record and it is mentioned in only six verses with no further clarification. The images below therefore reflect my artistic interpretation of this covering. It is my opinion, that this covering was drawn out at an angle from the base of the inner sanctuary so as to create a perimeter room for the priests.
The following image depicts a cross section of the tabernacle at an eastward point of the Holy Place. It is intended to show the size of the triangular shaped room that would have been created by the ram skin covering. The height of the man depicted in the image is 6’4″ (1.93m).
This image depicts the same triangular room from a different perspective.
This image depicts the all around view of this perimeter room as if you were underneath the structure looking up at the inner sacntuary.
My opinion for this room’s existence is based on the following scriptural references. In 1 Samuel 3:2-4 it reads: “And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; that the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.” It is my belief that Samuel and Eli were sleeping in the temple complex, as it was the custom of the priests while assigned to temple service, when the Lord called to Samuel. The ram skin and badger skin covering, if pulled out at an angle from the base of the inner sanctuary, would have provided a room of adequate size for rest and shade from the desert sun for the priests and high priest.
Leviticus 9:10 prohibits the high priest and the priests from consuming alcohol while in the Holy Place. The wine upon the table of shewbread therefore, was the sole property of the LORD and could not be consumed in the Holy Place.