Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch As Narrative. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
Chapter 2, “Exodus” pp. 241-322.
Part 10 “The Construction of the Tabernacle (35:1-40:38)” pp. 317-322.
Sailhamer reviews the construction of the Tabernacle from Exodus 35-40. He observes the requirement of a Sabbath which would prohibit work one of seven days. The materials are listed, mentioning the skilled work of weaving done by women (Sailhamer 1992, 317). God identifies his craftsmen as promised and the people are enthusiastic about bringing their offerings. The tabernacle is constructed, then the furnishings. Sailhamer opines that this change in order is so the author can showcase first the corporate work then what the specially skilled craftsmen do (Sailhamer 1992, 318). Once the priestly garments are made in chapter 39, it is all reviewed. “As with the earlier descriptions of the work, its purpose is to show that the work was completed ‘just as the LORD had commanded Moses’ (39:42)” (Sailhamer 1992, 321). This concludes the creation of the Tabernacle in a way analogous to how God created the world in Genesis 1.