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The House Of The Laver In The Temple Scroll

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Among the structures of the inner court of the Temple described in the Temple Scroll is the House of the Laver. This structure included space for the laver used for the priests' lustrations and was fitted out with niches which functioned as lockers for the garments of the priests. This chapter provides an analysis of the scriptural exegesis which led the author of the scroll, or his source, to propose the design of this structure. It compares this data to that which can be gleaned from the descriptions of the Temple and its rituals in rabbinic sources. Lockers are mentioned in the description of the sacrificial procedures in m. Tam. 5:3. These were used for storing the various priestly vestments, which were sorted into four types, each with its own compartment. A conduit was to be constructed to remove the sewage from the House of the Laver.

Keywords: House of the Laver; priestly vestments; rabbinic sources; scriptural exegesis; Temple Scroll



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