pillars These pillars had a cross section one cubit (18') square, and may have been round (Maaseh Choshev 5:4,5). Some say that they were covered with copper (Ibid.; Yalkut Shimoni 425). Others say that they were copper poles (Josephus 3:6:2).
bases Some say that these were imbedded in the ground like spears (Josephus 3:6:2).
bands Decorative bands going around the pillars (Rashi; Sforno). Some say that these bands held the hooks to the poles (Ibn Ezra). Others translate chashuk here as 'decorations' (Septuagint; Ibn Janach) or 'melted inlays' (Saadia). Besides these, the poles also had silver caps (Exodus 38:17; Maaseh Choshev 5:4; Josephus 3:6:2).
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