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The Character Of The City And The Temple Of The Aramaic New Jerusalem

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The title "Aramaic New Jerusalem" (NJ) refers to a composition that has been fragmentarily preserved in seven manuscripts found in the Caves at Qumran. This chapter discusses the matters that pertain to the otherworldy character of the new Jerusalem, and responds to some of the issues raised by L. DiTommaso. The combined evidence of indications in NJ, other texts from Qumran, as well as other Second Temple literature, suggests that NJ, even though it offers a reinterpretation of Ezek 40-48, might be related to speculations that Jacob saw Jerusalem and the temple during his second stay at Bethel, and that Jacob is the imagined seer of NJ. The author hypothesizes that the New Temple text may be related to traditions that Jacob was shown the new temple during his second stay at Bethel.

Keywords: Aramaic New Jerusalem (NJ); Bethel; Jacob; L. DiTommaso; New Temple text; Qumran



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