Saturday, June 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

I've been reading through N.T. Wright's first volume, and in the chapter dealing with important symbols for Israel, Wright says this regarding the temple:

"But the Temple was not simply the 'religious' centre of Israel--even supposing that a distinction between religion and other departments of life could make any sense at the period in question. It was not, shall we say, the equivalent of Westminster Abbey, with 'Buckingham Palace' and the 'Houses of Parliament' being found elsewhere. The Temple combined in itself the functions of all three--religious, national figurehead and government--and also included what we think of as the City, the financial and economic world ... When we study the city-plan of ancient Jerusalem, the significance of the Temple stands out at once, since it occupies a phenomenally large proportion (about 25%) of the entire city. Jerusalem was not, like Corinth for example, a large city with lots of little temples dotted here and there. It was not so much a city with a temple in it; more like a temple with a small city round it."

I guess this is nothing really new, I just liked the way Wright put it at the end.

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