Carbuncle Garfunkel

In continuing my conversation on the topic of Deuteronomy 4 where יהוה the LORD told Moshe that the seeds of the House are scattered all over the nations, I will present how names today can be traced back through immigration control to their Jewish roots. Person in the spotlight, the actor who played Spidey. Andrew Garfunkel. His movie credits include Hacksaw Ridge, touted to be a Christian themed movie. This actor is for hire.

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Garfunkel is a Jewish surname that derives from Yiddish גאָרפֿינקל (gorfinkl) i.e. “carbuncle” (an archaic term for a number of red gemstones, usually red garnet). And it comes from the Bible from Aaron’s High Priest breastplate. חֹשֶׁן

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The stone of the priesthood is prophetic of the blood of the True High Priest to come one day in the Person of Yeshua Msheekha (Jesus Christ). He shed His previous blood as an atonement from the cross for a remission of sin to many.

The Hoshen’ – Described in Exodus is the Breastplate of Aaron, a sacred object worn by the High Priest of the Israelites and him only, in order to communicate with God. Worn over the Priest’s sacred vestments, also specifically tailored according to the Torah, it was attached by shoulder straps at the corners and contained twelve gemstones.

According to The Book of Exodus, Aaron, the first high priest of the Hebrews, bore the responsibility of memorializing the names of the 12 tribes before the Lord, upon his two shoulders. His ceremonial costume consisted of a linen tunic spun with gold threads and a floor-length tasseled robe. On the breastplate were precious stones inscribed with the names of the 12 tribes.

(Photo credit: Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel.)

In the photo, the stones are arranged in a L to R direction. But since Hebrew is written from R to L, the stone should go from R to L.

What are the 12 gemstones in Aaron’s breastplate? In the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, a different gemstone is listed for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. They are,

in the 1st row, carnelian, chrysolite (yellowish-green), and emerald (carbuncle);

in the 2nd row, turquoise, sapphire, and amethyst (violet);

in the 3rd row, jacinth, agate, and crystal;

in the 4th row, beryl, lapis lazuli, and jasper.

Exodus 28:17 and 39:11 both refer to the carbuncle’s use as the third stone in the breastplate of the Hoshen. Various translations cannot make up their minds on what to call carbuncle. In ESV, they stick to the Hebrew word without trying to interpret it.

You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row; So the carbuncle (garfunkel) stone is the last stone on the first row and is ranked the third stone in the Torah.

29 So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the LORD. 30 And in the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before the LORD. Thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart before the LORD regularly.

This passage is prophetic of the office of the High Priest of the New Covenant where Y’shua takes the office of the High Priest. He indeed bears the judgment of the people who entered the New Covenant. Praise the Lord.

The Hebrew word is from a root meaning “to glitter,” “lighten,” “flash.” When held up to the sun, this gem shines like a burning coal, a dark-red glowing coal, and hence is called “carbunculus”, i.e., a little coal.

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When held up to the sun, this gem shines like a burning coal, a dark-red glowing coal

It has been conjectured by some that the garnet is meant. In Isaiah 54:12 the Hebrew word is ‘ekdah , used in the prophetic description of the glory and beauty of the mansions above.

Next to the diamond it is the hardest and most costly of all precious stones.In Beresheet 46, the third tribe of Israel is listed to be Levi.A Garfunkel today is a member of the tribe of Levi, a priesthood that was called to serve the LORD in the Temple. The Hebrew priestline is in high demand today in Jewish Hollywood where the star has to be someone who has received the blessing of Jacob in Genesis 46. They are needed for the box office to rake in much from the masses and the un-anointed people. Whether they know it or not it does not matter. The theater crowd is committed to pay $10 at the box office to be “led” by a priest of Israel to enter the temple of the profane.

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