Monday, August 13, 2012

View of the Salt Chamber

Early in the morning a Kohen prepares a supply of salt for the day's service.
Shown is the interior of the Salt Chamber. It was located in the southeastern corner of the Courtyard and served as a repository of a large quantity of salt. The Temple used this salt for three main purposes: 1) to apply to every offering which was burned on the Altar; 2) to sprinkle on the Altar's ramp to absorb the oils and blood which spilled there and thereby prevent the Kohanim from slipping; 3) to tan the hides of sacrificial animals.

salt2 from Yoav Elan on Vimeo.

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