First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

alike. In the middle of the temple and for its width the Lord commanded a beautiful veil (or dividing curtain) to be suspended against four pillars, and a quadruple ceiling of skins, with various colors interwoven, and of haircloth, of red skins, and blue skins. The other details are set forth in the Book of Exodus.[The chronicler has given us an abridgment of the tabernacle specifications, given with elaborate detail in Exodus 26:1-36. A clearer idea of the whole structure is given in Exodus, and may be further clarified by consulting commentaries, many of which contain illustrations.]

In the first year Moses constructed a tabernacle for the Lord. Completing the work in seven months, on the first day of the first month of the second year he erected it. The Jews also through Moses began to keep their law at the same time with their letters.[The translation provided above ("The Jews also through Moses began to keep their law at the same time with their letters.") of the Latin phrase Judei quoque per Moysen lege(m) sil(=simul?) cu(m) l(itte)ris h(abe)re ceperu(n)t is very uncertain. Perhaps the meaning (if the translation is at all correct) is that the Jews began to write down the Torah when they first received the Hebrew letterforms from Moses.] Once again the Lord said to Moses, When you will count the sons of Israel, each one will give a price to the Lord for his own soul so that no plague comes to them, half a shekel according to the measurement (of a shekel) of the sanctuary. And a shekel is worth twenty obols. And this money was paid back for the use of the tabernacle.[Cf. Exodus 30:12-16.] And when these speeches had been completed, he gave to Moses two tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.[Cf. Exodus 31:18.] A divine work, not human, the Decalogue was written on both sides (of the tablets). And as the Hebrews pass down in their tradition, on one side there were figures like the figures on the opposite side, which was ascribed to a miracle. Others were speaking that the figures were carved in repeated letters. Furthermore, Catholic theologians, in particular the divine Augustine, place three commandments on the first tablet of the testimony; these govern man in relation to God. On the second (tablet) seven are written which are ranked next in importance. However, Rabbi Solomon and the Hebrews separate the commandments into five on one tablet and five on the other. Afterwards, when it appears to the man in the figure of a calf[The translation provided above ("Afterwards, when it appears to the man in the figure of a calf") of the Latin phrase Postea vo (vero? viro?) ut i(n) figura vituli videt(ur) is very uncertain.], Moses, descending and seeing the calf and the dancers, growing angry, threw the tablets down, and they were broken.[Cf. Exodus 32.19. This entire paragraph has been deleted from the later German edition.]


The architectural details show: (1) The individual boards of which the tabernacle was built, how they were tennoned, how held together and set in to place; (2) a view of the boards set and locked into position; and (3) a full view of one side of the tabernacle assembled.


Of the Tablets of the Law there are two versions: (1) according to "other doctors"; and (2) according to the Hebrew doctors. In both cases the form is the same, namely, that of a hinged or folding diptych, such as the Greeks and Romans were accustomed to write upon with a stylus. The tablets are rectangular in general form, but each leaf is rounded at the top. The commandments are inscribed in Latin.