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Some Aspects Of New Jerusalem

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The Aramaic text of New Jerusalem belongs to the literary genre of apocalypse and is conceived as a kind of "tour", in which the author is led by a guide through the city and the temple. This chapter deals with four different aspects of the text: (1) Ground plan: square or rectangle? (2) Writing numbers by figures: "24" or "25" and "17" or "18"? (3) Different ways of reproducing the concept "same dimension", and (4) The shape of 5Q15 1. The ground plan of the new Jerusalem has the form of a square in Ezek 48:30-35, measuring 4500 × 4500 cubits. In the Aramaic New Jerusalem, the ground plan is a rectangle, measuring 100 × 140 stadia. As only a very small part of the Aramaic New Jerusalem text has been preserved, it raises a large number of problems.

Keywords: Aramaic text; ground plan; New Jerusalem



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