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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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A Knack for Design

A Knack for Design

Parashat Pekudei (Exodus 38:21–40:38)

(p.117) Twenty-Three A Knack for Design
Torah Queeries

Lisa Edwards

Laurence Edwards

NYU Press

This chapter provides a queerly interpretation of the Parashat Pekudei of Exodus. This parasha can be considered as a “gay man's paradise,” since it concludes the book of Exodus with a detailed account not only of the fabrication—piece by intricate piece, including the fabulous fabrics, furnishings, and window treatments—of the mishkan (Tabernacle) in the wilderness but also of the design and creation of the garments worn by the high priests who were to tend the altar of the mishkan. The text also highlights two seemingly queer designers: Betzalel and “with him” Oholiab, “carver and designer, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns and in fine linen.”

Keywords:   Parashat Pekudei, Exodus, parasha, mishkan, Betzalel, Oholiab

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