Though its shape is known‚ the Bible does not give the size of the menorah. However‚ when Titus destroyed the Jewish Temple‚ he made an Arch in Rome that shows the plundered furniture. The menorah in this set was designed based on a careful study of that monument.
The menorah was the only light in the Tabernacle. It was to burn continuously. Christians believe it is a picture of Jesus‚ who said‚
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness‚ but will have the light of life." - John 8:12 (NIV)
It is understood that‚ just as the menorah was the only light in the Tabernacle‚ so Jesus Christ is the only one who can tell us how to walk in this world‚ the only one who can give us the true path to eternal life.
Along with two other pieces of furniture‚ the menorah was placed inside the Tabernacle in a room called the Holy Place. The lamps on each branch burned pure olive oil and would have cast a soft glow throughout the entire room. Since the room was walled with planks surfaced with thin sheets of pure gold‚ the effect would have been stunning.
The Menorah is well researched and designed to be as accurate to Scripture as possible. Built on a scale of 1:10.
A powerful tool for explaining Christ as "the light of the world" (John 8:12).
Comes fully assembled and ready to be given as a gift or used in teaching.
Brings clearer understanding to the Menorah. An asset to anyone who is teaching on the Tabernacle.
Constructed of metal with gold plating.
Around 1440 BC‚ approximately 2.5 million Israelite slaves were delivered by God from Egypt. As this new nation traveled from Egypt to the land they had been promised‚ they stopped for a number of months in the desert. It was here where God instructed them to build a portable structure called the Tabernacle.
"Then have them make a sanctuary for me‚ and I will dwell among them." - Exodus 25:8 (NIV)
The Israelites were given detailed directions as to the making of seven major items of furniture to be placed in the Tabernacle.
"Make this Tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you." - Exodus 25:9 (NIV)
Of the seven pieces of furniture‚ the best known is the ark of the covenant. Less known is the lampstand‚ also known as the menorah.
"Make a lampstand of pure gold and hammer it out‚ base and shaft; its flowerlike cups‚ buds and blossoms shall be of one piece with it…Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it…A talent of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories." - Exodus 25:31‚ 37‚ 39 (NIV)
"…put the lampstand…on the south side." - Exodus 26:35 (NIV)
Though we do not know the exact size of the menorah‚ we do know that it contained a talent of pure gold‚ which is approximately 50 kgs (110 lbs).
We find the answer to that question on the Arch of Titus‚ which is located on the southeast side of the Forum in Rome. The arch was constructed by Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother‚ Titus. It was built to commemorate the capture of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 AD. One of the arch panels portrays the spoils taken from the Temple. The menorah is depicted‚ as well as the table of showbread. It is unknown what happened to the menorah after it was taken to Rome.
Since the arch illustrates the looting of the Jewish Temple and the sacking of Jerusalem‚ many Jews refuse to walk underneath the arch. A noteworthy exception occurred in 1948 upon the founding of Israel‚ when a significant group from the Roman Jewish community walked through the arch in the opposite direction of the ancient Roman triumphal march.
Today the menorah‚ as depicted on the arch‚ is emblazoned on the state emblem of Israel.
The menorah was not easy to replicate. We spent hours studying the relief on the Arch of Titus. Since the Bible gives no dimensions for the menorah‚ we compared it to the people portrayed on the arch and designed it proportionately. This model is die cast and electroplated with gold.