As any fan of history and architecture knows, ancient engineers didn’t sit around waiting for the introduction of professional-grade free 2D CAD, nor did they have any need for plumbing and electrical diagrams.
Just for fun, here’s a glimpse at two Biblical construction projects where DraftSight could have speeded up the process!
According to the Bible, King Solomon’s Temple, also known as the First Temple, towered over ancient Jerusalem for more than 400 years (832 to 422 BCE) where the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock now stand.
It’s probably the world’s most contested slab of real estate, and we cautiously stay away from all forms of politics on the DraftSight blog. But needless to say, Solomon’s Temple still captures our imaginations. The inner house of the Temple was 20 cubits high, 20 cubits long and 20 cubits wide.
A cubit is the length of a forearm, which varies from individual. (It should be noted that DraftSight is much more meticulous with its units of measurement, sticking with inches and centimeters, though it does extend to miles and kilometers as well). Using the conservative 18 inch estimate for a cubit, that means the Temple was 30 feet tall.
The interior contained hardwood cedar floors (from the famous Cedars of Lebanon) and the walls were overlaid with gold.
Turns out that Sir Isaac Newton, the English scientist and mathematician credited with “discovering” gravity, was obsessed with the dimensions of the Biblical Temple, believing the geometry was sacred and inspired by God. A recent exhibit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showcased Newton’s personal manuscripts related to Biblical subjects.