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'Ir Ha-Miqdash And Its Meaning In The Temple Scroll And Other Qumran Texts

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The term City of the Sanctuary denoted the temenos or Temple precincts in the legal terminology of the Zadokite Fragments and the Temple Scroll. This expression was used in the same way in 4QHistorical Text. The authors of the Qumran texts we have studied did indeed believe that the sanctity of Jerusalem, God's chosen city, was greater than that of the rest of the Land of Israel. Yet the Temple precincts, in the view of the Temple Scroll constituted of three concentric courtyards, were they of even greater sanctity. In the view of these authors, God was truly thrice sanctified. Holy, Holy, Holy was the Lord of Hosts: Holy in His Temple, Holy in His city Jerusalem, and Holy in His land, the Land of Israel.

Keywords: God; Israel; Jerusalem; Qumran texts; Temple Scroll; Zadokite Fragments



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