Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Temple As A Marker Of Jewish Identity Before And After 70 C.E.: The Role Of The Holy Vessels In Rabbinic Memory And Imagination

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on only one aspect of the larger question-the role of the Jerusalem temple, as experienced and as imagined, in shaping Jewish identity, both in its presence and in its absence. It focuses even further to the symbolic role of the temple's sacred furnishings, for which, historiographically, employment of early rabbinic literature is especially problematic. The centrality of Jerusalem in Jewish ethnic and religious identity in Second Temple times was determined by the temple at its conceptual, if not geographic, "center," whether as a divisive or unifying symbol of God's continual covenantal relation to Israel. Several scholars who argue for the historicity of the talmudic narratives of the public display of the temple sancta in late Second Temple times draw their support from a fragment of a lost, non-canonical gospel, written on a small parchment leaf and published among the Oxyrhynchus papyri.

Keywords: Jewish; Oxyrhynchus papyri; rabbinic memory



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Legal Fictions — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation