* The pins.
These, as Dr. Wall observes, were not particularly mentioned.
Josephus says, that to every board of the tabernacle, and to
every pillar of the hangings of the court, there were ropes or
cords, fastened at the top of the board or pillar, and that
the other end of the rope was fastened to a [passalos,] a
nail, or pin, which, at a good distance off, was driven into
the ground up to the head, a cubit deep. This was to keep the
tabernacle from being blown down by the wind. Dr. Shaw,
describing the tents of the Bedouins, says, "These tents are
kept firm and steady by bracing or stretching down their eaves
with cords tied to wooden hooked pins, well pointed, which
they drive into the ground with a mallet; one of these pins
answering to the nail, as the mallet does to the hammer, which
Jael used in fastening to the ground the temples of Sisera."