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Temple And Cult In The Apocrypha And Pseudepigrapha: Future Perspectives

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This chapter examines the way in which the temple is presented in the Psalms of Solomon, the Assumption of Moses, and the Baruch literature. It examines the references to the temple in the Psalms of Solomon and the Assumption of Moses, which both also reflect the impact of specific historical events. The Psalms of Solomon and the Assumption of Moses provide evidence for the continuation down into the first century C.E. of the view, which can be found already in Mal 1:62:9 and 1 En. 89:73, that the postexilic temple and cult were unclean and illegitimate. The Baruch writings that date from after 70 C.E. reflect a changed perspective in which the main concern is to respond to the distress and anguish caused by the fall of Jerusalem and the loss of the temple.

Keywords: Apocrypha; Assumption of Moses; Baruch literature; cult; Psalms of Solomon; Pseudepigrapha; Temple



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