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The Furnishings Of The Temple According To The Temple Scroll

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Detailed study of the instructions for the construction of the furnishings of the Temple in the Temple Scroll has indicated that the rulings of the scroll on these matters derive almost entirely from the prescriptions for the building of the Tabernacle in Exodus. The description of the actual construction and the description of the Solomonic Temple had only minor influence and that only as regards linguistic usages. In this Temple, the cherubim would symbolize the protection of Israel by God and the unique relation of God and Israel; the golden curtain would separate the holy of holies where God's Presence was most intense from the rest of the Temple; the bread of presence would be offered on its table, symbolizing the constant dependence of Israel on God for its daily sustenance; and the menorah would burn, showing the constancy and radiance of the Lord's Presence among his people.

Keywords: cherubim; Exodus; God; Israel; Solomonic Temple; Tabernacle; Temple Scroll



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