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Construction, Destruction, And Reconstruction: The Temple In Pesiqta Rabbati

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Aggadic literature is widely concerned with the Temple, from its conception, to its construction, reactions to its destruction, and its reconstruction at the end of days. The meta-narrative in Pesiqta Rabbati presents as its major theme the transition from &t;normalcy&t; to the apocalypse with its destructive forces and the final salvation of the righteous. It is based in part upon a chronology that begins with Creation itself. The site of the Temple, the Temple Mount, is deeply engraved into Jewish collective memory. The trope of the destruction of the Temple on the Ninth of Av permeates Pesiqta Rabbati and is a focal point of several apocalyptic homilies. The Mourners for Zion grieved and lamented the destruction of the Temple. A vision relating to the restoration of the Temple as the spiritual center of Judaism contains an extraordinary description of the Temple Gate.

Keywords: Jerusalem temple; meta-narrative; Pesiqta Rabbati; reconstructed temple



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