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The Purposes And Functions Of The Synagogue In Late Second Temple Period Judaea: Evidence From Josephus And Archaeological Investigation

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The Jerusalem Temple plays a very important role in the works of Josephus. This chapter details about the descriptions of the building and the whole area. The temple itself once more with the previous model of the tent in relationship. Especially in the very first description of the tent in the desert used Josephus detail the symbolic power of the Comparisons with nature, universe and world order. The tent and its symbolism are the same for the temple in Jerusalem. That's on the one hand a fundamental development of what it generally presupposes also later for the temple and its importance. On the other hand, he can at the tent does not include the subtleness of the gates, temples sunrises and insights of the great temple area with so that he must be in principle open to other symbolic content.

Keywords: Jerusalem temple; Josephus; symbolism; tent



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