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Questions about the temple in Jerusalem -- the first temple (built by Solomon and destroyed by Babylon), the second temple (destroyed by Rome), prophetic visions of the temple, and the temple to be rebuilt in the future.

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Hermeneutics on "Not one stone left upon another"

There are three Scriptures that use a phrase similar to "not one stone will be left upon another". The first two are in Matthew 24:2 and Mark 13:2 and refer to the temple's destruction. The ...
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Reason for old men weeping in Ezra 3

In Ezra 3 verses 12-13, old men who had seen the first temple are described as having “wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many [others] shouted ...
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The Temple Tax paid by a fish

In Matthew 17 The Temple Tax why doesn’t Jesus condemn Simon Peter of blasphemy after he lies to the tax collectors about Jesus having already paid the Temple Tax? It’s quite obvious from the chapter ...
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Ezek. 41:18 KJV: Why only the two of the “cherubim's” faces in Messiah’s future earthly dwelling place, a man and a lion, rather than four?

Ezek. 41:18:KJV And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; Verses 19-25 reveal that one of these two faces ...
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Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?

The construction of Solomon's temple includes a piece of furnishing described in 1 Kings 7:23 (ESV): Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits ...
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Did the dialogue with "the Woman at the Well" forecast, by anticipation, Jesus's prophecy about the Destruction of the Temple in Matthew 24?

Startling Statement Within the conversation with the Woman at the Well, Jesus made this astounding statement: Believe Me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither in this ...
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When the New Testament calls the church “the temple"

When the New Testament calls the church “the temple,” it doesn’t mean the buildings in which we gather. It means the people. Why is that? 1 Cor 3:16, 17 - Do you not know that you yourselves are God’...
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Was David right in his desire to build a temple?

David comes up with the idea to build the temple and God does not seem initially to be too impressed with it, in fact He seems to say "I have already got my tabernacle and cannot be contained in a ...
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In John, how many years did it take to build Herod's Temple?

Closely Related: - In Luke, Was Jesus Dedicated in the Second Temple, or Third? How many years did it take to build Herod's Temple? The Temple in the gospels is stated to have taken 46 years : ...
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Meaning and Symbology of "Bronze" in scripture

In scripture different "materials" are often used in prophecy dreams and visions to convey meaning. Additionally different materials were also used for constructing different aspects of the ...
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Are the Prayer Requests of 1 Kings 8:31-52 grammatically subordinate to the "requests" of 1 Kings 1:25-26

I'm a beginning exegete and I'm trying to determine, are the prayer requests of 1 Kings 8:31-52 grammatically subordinate to the "requests" of 1 Kings 1:25-26? Verses 25-26 where Solomon ...
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What are the differences between a synagogue and a temple?

I had actually considered these two to be the same thing. Probably because they are both religious institutions. Matthew 21:12-13 NKJV 12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all ...
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What is the Veil mentioned in Hebrews 6:19?

What is the veil mentioned in Hebrews 6:19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; ? Was not the veil to the Holy of ...
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Uncut stone for altar

Why was cut stone allowed to be used for the first and second temple, when God was quite adamant in not building His altar with any stone touched by metal tools? Joshua 8:31 (NASB95) just as Moses ...
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Was Paul arguing that Christians are the "true Temple," in contrast The Temple?

In I Corinthians 3:16-17, Paul writes: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy,...
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In Luke 18: Pharisee and Tax Collector

In Luke 18, we read the story of the prayers of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in the temple. The Pharisee's prayer (vv 11-12): The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you ...
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Did Elijah violate the law in 1 Kings 18:19-20?

Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a contest which involves sacrifices at mount Carmel which is somehow outside the jurisdiction of the temple 1 Kings 18:19-20 NASB Now then, send orders and ...
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Was the Tent of Meeting, "brought up" to the Temple of Solomon, the Mosaic Tabernacle in Gibeon, or was David's Tent brought?

1 Kings 8:4; 2 Chronicles 5:5 When all the elders of Israel arrived, the priests took up the ark, and they brought up the Ark of the LORD and the Tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. ...
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What is the Significance of pointing out an insignificant Tent instead of a glorious Temple for the Gentiles to come to?

The words of the prophet are in agreement with this, as it is written: After this I will rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek ...
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Reconciling God of Israel refusal of King David's request to build a temple, & (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) new creature in Jesus Christ

1 Chronicles 22:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have [d]waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My ...
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Why it took so long for Israel to build the Temple and establish the state? [closed]

Israel couldn't build the Temple since exodus from Egypt until the time of Solomon - for about 300 years. Almost as much time it took to establish the kingdom in the promised land. Is there any ...
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Must Ezekiel 44:1-3 be fulfilled prior to the new Eden of Revelation 22?

When analyzing biblical Temples of YHVH in context to the Tanakh & Gospels, Yerushalem (יְרֽוּשָׁלִָ֑ם) has already experienced the construction of 3 Temples built to honor YHVH (prior to 70 AD) : ...
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How did the lights of the lampstand light up only the front area? Numbers 8:1-3

Numbers 8:1-3 NIV 1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’” 3 Aaron did so; he set up ...
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Which gold were they referring to in Matthew 23:16?

Matthew 23:16 NIV 16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath. Could the blind ...
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Temple in Psalm 138

The first verse of Psalm 138 is clearly stating David as author of the Psalm. In verse 2 it says: I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your ...
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What is the correct word for TEMPLE in koine Greek? [duplicate]

I am currently doing research into the correct understanding between the two Greek words that seem to always be somewhat confused when it comes to translating the words - Temple and Sancruary. My ...
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Antiochus Epiphanes

I have a question about Antiochus Epiphanes. We know that he is the figure from Daniel 11:29 and my question is, did he live before Cyrus gave a decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple or after ...
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Why is it significant for the author to point out that no iron tools were used on the site of Solomon's temple? (1 Kings 6:7)

The temple of Solomon was built in a sort of strange way. Since Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived (according to scripture), there must have been some element of divine wisdom in his decision. ...
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How should we understand the "Cleansing of the Temple"?

As a preface, I was talking with some good friends last night and this passage came up. On of my friends contributed an interpretation that made my blood boil. He was clearly wrong and clearly ...
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Why should the ten lepers return to give glory to God?

Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Luke 17:18 NET Why should the ten lepers return after having gone to the Priests to give glory to God? Could they ...
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Doesn't Jeremiah 3:16 confirm that the ark of the covenant was destroyed with the first temple in 586 BC?

" And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: ...
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Is there any connection between the Samaritan woman's five husbands and the rich man's five brothers? [closed]

(for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don't come into this place of torment.' Luke 16:28 NET for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not your husband. ...
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Is there a Temple in the New Jerusalem? (Rev. 3:12 vs. Rev. 21:22-23)

I recently noticed that Rev. 21 clearly says there will be no temple in the New Jerusalem, yet Rev. describes a temple existing there. Am I reading/understanding wrong, or does this indicate a ...
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Was the Temple's Bronze Sea a violation of the commandments against graven images? (1 Kings 7, Dt. 4:16-18)

1 Kings 7:24-30 describes a huge laver in the Temple of Jerusalem, constructed by King Solomon, thus: Then he made the molten sea; it was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, ...
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Were the kermata of the temple moneychangers the money of the African state Kerma?

When reading the john/2-15 on expelling money-changers and cattle traders from the temple I went to look up the word kerma/ta κέρματα / κέρμα [1] which is usually translated as small (bronze) coins. ...
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Why was the prophecy of Zechariah 4:9 - that Zerubbabel would finish building the Temple - not fulfilled?

What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerub′babel you shall become a plain; and he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, ...
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In I Kings 6:12, what specifically does the Lord mean by this phrase: “then will I perform my word with thee which I spake unto David thy father”?

I Kings 6:12-13 KJV “Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my ...
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Was King Joash supposed to repair the temple?

Well actually my real question is, why didn’t Johoiada and the other priests use the money to repair the temple. Were they not supposed to? Were the priests using the money for personal means? Was ...
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Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?

The narrative of Jesus' cleansing of the temple is present in all four gospels: Mark 11:15-17, Matthew 21:12-13, Luke 19:45-46, John 2:13-17. When He cleanses the temple, there does not seem to be any ...
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What did Lilies mean in Solomon's era or from what he taught about plants that caused Huram to cast them onto the pillars of the temple? 1 Kings 7:19

According to Exodus 31:2-3, Bezalel had divine wisdom and used it in his crafting of the tabernacle. Huram succeeded him and crafted the articles for the temple. The capitals which were on top of ...
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How were the the duties of the Levites intergrated during the stationary Temple?

When the first mobile tabernacle was built three divisions of the Levites namely Kohathites,Gershonites and Merarites were allocated different duties.Their duties entailed carrying the mobile ...
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Leviticus 16 - Does the casting of the lots mean that the two goats are actually one sacrifice?

Relevant verses: Leviticus 16:7-10 7 Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for ...
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What happened to the poles once the Ark was placed in the Solomon's Temple?

The placement of the Ark in the Most Holy Place of Solomon's Temple is described in 1 Kings 8 (also 2 Chronicles 5) and makes reference to the poles which had been used to carry it: For the ...
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Why were some people allowed to build altars and sacrifice at places other than the Tabernacle?

In Leviticus 17:3-5, Moses commanded that all sacrifices were to be done at the tabernacle of God. This command was vehemently enforced when the nation thought the eastern tribes had built a second ...
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Is the "house" in Ezekiel 40:5 according to some translations, the Temple of Yahweh?

Why is the word Bayith (Strong's 1004) in Ezekiel 40:5 translated by some as Temple and others as House? For example: And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about (KJV) I saw a wall ...
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Did God's sovereignty put Deut. 12:5 in place so that, 40 years after Christ's sacrificial death, sacrifices under the Law of Moses ceased?

The Jews in the first century and even today interpret Deut. 12:5 to mean the Temple in Jerusalem. But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his ...
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For the final temple, who will The-Prince | הַנָּשִׂ֗יא Ha-Nasi from [Ezekiel 44:3, 46:12] be since [Hebrews 7:27, 8:4] claims it can't be Jesus?

The Prince | הַנָּשִׂ֗יא Ha-Nasi in [Ezekiel 44:3] will be a future High Priest serving in the earthly Temple of HaShem forever. Yechezekel יְחֶזְקֵ֨אל | "Ezekiel" [44:3] " The prince - ...
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The Promised Messiah [closed]

Haggai 2:9 said that the glory of the latter temple would be greater than the former which was filled with The Holy Spirit. Also, Jacob’s last prophesy as his life ended, said Genesis 49:10 the ...
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Exodus 20:4 order prohibiting making idols in the likeness heavenly aspects w/ Tabernacle(Exodus 25:18-) & Solomon's Temple(2 Chronicles 3:11)

20:4 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex לֹֽ֣א תַֽעֲשֶׂ֨ה־לְךָ֥֣ פֶ֣֙סֶל֙ ׀ וְכָל־תְּמוּנָ֡֔ה אֲשֶׁ֤֣ר בַּשָּׁמַ֣֙יִם֙ ׀ מִמַּ֡֔עַל וַֽאֲשֶׁ֥ר֩ בָּאָ֖֨רֶץ מִתַָּ֑֜חַת וַאֲשֶׁ֥֣ר בַּמַּ֖֣יִם ׀ ...
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In Mark 11:15-17 why did Jesus cleanse the temple?

Is the answer too obvious to ask? Why did Jesus cleanse the temple? In Mark 11, we read this 15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying ...