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From the perspective of Bible History, "fillets" were the rods or bars that connected the tops of the pillars of the Tabernacle courtyard and the Tabernacle itself; the curtains were then hung from them. The fillets of the courtyard were made of silver ("their fillets of silver," see below) and those of the Tabernacle itself were overlaid with gold ("and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold," see below). The King James uses "fillets" where some other English translations of the Hebrew Scriptures use "bands."

"the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver"

The courtyard was the outer, enclosed area around the Tabernacle.

The Tabernacle

"And thou shalt make the court of the Tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver."

"And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver" (Exodus 27:9-11 KJV)

The Tabernacle was constructed to very precise specifications, as given by The Lord (Exodus chapters 35 to 40). It was approximately (depending upon the actual length of the ancient Biblical cubit) 45 feet long, 15 feet wide and 15 feet high. The west end of the interior was sectioned off as a 15 foot square room, called the Most Holy Place, where The Ark of the Covenant was placed. The entry into the Tabernacle faced east (see Why Did They Face East?). The interior had elaborately woven curtains, and the structure was covered by hides to make the tent that protected the interior from the elements. Various other articles were used by the priests (see Levites) in their duties - The Lampstand, the table of showbread (see Bread of the Presence), the great bowl for washings, the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering.

"And he made a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: with cherubims made he it of cunning work. And he made thereunto four pillars of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold: their hooks were of gold; and he cast for them four sockets of silver."

"And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework; And the five pillars of it with their hooks: and he overlaid their chapiters and their fillets with gold: but their five sockets were of brass." (Exodus 36:35-38 KJV)

Fact Finder: After the Exodus, the Tabernacle in the wilderness (as described in the verses above) served as a temporary, portable version of the Temple that was later built in Jerusalem, both of which were commanded by The Lord. In both the Tabernacle and the Temple, a curtain, or "veil," was hung over the entrance to the Most Holy Place. At the moment that Jesus Christ died, for the sins of all humanity, that curtain at the entrance to the Most Holy Place in the Temple was miraculously torn ("And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom" Mark 15:37-38 KJV). What was the meaning of that curtain being torn?
See Why Was It Torn?

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