The Butchering Area
At a distance of 8 cubits (12 feet) from the northern edge of the Altar were
twenty-four iron rings set into the floor of the Courtyard where animals
would be held during slaughter. The rings took up an area of 24 cubits (36
feet) square, arranged in six rows north to south of four rings each (the
four rings ran east-to-west). Each ring was a half-circle, hinged on one
side so that the other side could be lifted for the animalís head to be
inserted and then locked down. The rings were oriented so that the animal
would be facing south when put into the ring. Each watch of Kohanim
was assigned their own ring which they would use during their shift. The
exception to the above was the Tamid offering [the continual offering
brought twice daily] which was always slaughtered in the same ring,
regardless of which watch was on duty.
|The Butchering Area north of the Altar
The eight short stone columns north of the rings were much shorter than a
manís height and topped by a heavy piece of square cedar. This block of wood
was not fastened to the columns but remained in place under its own weight.
Along each side of the cedar block, save for the west, were affixed one row
of iron hooks from which the animals were hung for skinning. These hooks
protruded one handbreadth (3 inches) from the blocks of wood.
There were eight stone tables near the columns used to support large animals
during the skinning, to rest knives upon, and to wash the innards upon. More
analogous to small footstools, the tables measured just 1 cubit tall and 1
cubit square (1Ĺ feet per side).
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