29 January 2012

Stamps on precious stones from Israel..



Levi - Emerald    Reuven - Carnelian

Emerald                                        Carnellian

To be issued on  : 7 February 2012

Shimon - Topaz       Yehuda - Turouose

Topaz                                                    Turquise

On 7th February 2012 Israel Post  will issue a set of 4 stamps featuring 4 stones from the high priest breastplate. In the future, Israel Post  will issue the rest 8 stones. Each stone represents one tribe out of 12 tribes of the people of Israel.

The high priest served in the holy Jewish temple of Jerusalem that was built 2500 years ago and was destroyed in year 70 by the Roman Empire.

The source and information about the stones taken from the Bible  from book of Exodus 28:15-21 is as below :

And thou shalt make a breastplate of judgment, the work of the skilful workman; like the work of the ephod thou shalt make it: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. Four-square it shall be and double: a span shall be the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of carnelian, topaz, and smaragd shall be the first row; and the second row a carbuncle, a sapphire, and an emerald; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be inclosed in gold in their settings. And the stones shall be according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet, every one according to his name, they shall be for the twelve tribes.

courtesy : Eli Moallem - Israel

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