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Priests On Earth As In Heaven: Jewish Light On The Book Of Revelation

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This chapter analyzes motifs related to the temple and priesthood in the Book of Revelation and brings in Jewish traditions that may illuminate this peculiar voice within early Christianity. It brings some tentative suggestions to its tradition history and the socio-religious background of the author. The chapter also argues that the tradition of liturgical and visionary contact with the heavenly sanctuary was treasured by priestly and levitic temple circles all through the second temple period. The hope for visions of the heavenly realms connected to God's presence in the temple and his servants sojourning there were kept alive in these circles. Rabbinic tradition testifies to the hope that the high priest would be given a vision or concrete experience of the divine presence in the Holy of Holies during the Yom Kippur liturgy.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; Christianity; Jewish traditions; levitic temple circles; priesthood; rabbinic tradition; second temple period; Yom Kippur liturgy



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