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Jesus in the Temple at the age of twelve

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 21:18
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In Luke 2.41-52 we read of Jesus’ first visit to the Temple. In this reconstruction drawing, we see young Jesus (in blue) on the steps of the Temple Terrace (hel) with the rabbis. This terrace bounded the wall of the Temple Courts on its southern, western and northern sides. It was 10 cubits (5.25m, 17 feet) wide, and was reached by a flight of steps of half a cubit high and deep. According to Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 88b, members of the Temple Sanhedrin would come out of the Chamber of Hewn Stone on Sabbaths and festival days to teach on the hel.

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Widow with two mites

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 21:15
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Reconstruction drawing showing three of the thirteen trumpet-shaped receptacles for monetary offerings that were placed under the colonnades that surrounded the Court of the Women (Treasury). The widow, who is mentioned in Mark 12.42 and Luke 21.2, and who put in the two mites is shown next to the box in the middle.

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Soreg with the Temple Warning inscription

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 18:29
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Reconstruction drawing of the soreg with the Temple Warning inscription. Middot 2.3 describes how, inside the Temple Mount was “a latticed railing (soreg) ten handbreadths high.” Josephus refers to this feature, describing it as “a stone balustrade with an inscription prohibiting the entrance of a foreigner under threat of the penalty of death (Ant. 15.417, also War 5.193-194; 6.125). In Ephesians 2.14, it was probably to this very barrier that Paul was referring when he writes that Jesus had “broken down the middle wall of partition”.

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