(bez' uh leel) HEBREW: BESALEL
"in the shadow (protection) of God"

When Moses needed master artisans and craftsmen to work on the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, the Lord called Bezalal, son of Uri, and "filled him with... ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship" (Ex. 31:3). Bezalel and his assistant Oholiab led a large group of workers who designed and worked in fine metals, precious stones, rare wood, and luxurious cloth of blue, purple, and scarlet. All these were needed for the splendors of the tabernacle, including its furnishings and the "finely woven garments" for Aaron and his sons "for their service as priests" (Ex. 31:10). Even the metal mirrors of the ministering women were used to form the great bronze laver. More than 300 years later, in the time of Solomon, it was said that Bezalel's altar still stood in the temple.

{E2 Dictionary of Biblical People}

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