Ezekiel and the New Temple Essay

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGY SEMINARY Ezekiel’s Prophecy of the new Temple Submitted To Dr. Joel Ajayi, In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirements For The Completion Of The Course Evan 535 do7 comtempory evangelism By Thessalon M. Harrison September 13, 2015 The Bible has many passages that require interpretation for a deeper understanding of its meaning and purpose. For example, Ezekiel’s vision in chapters 40-48 is a difficult interpretative passage because of the eschatological and hermeneutical discrepancies in Ezekiel’s prophetic vision of a new temple. Ezekiel’s descriptive details of the new temple leads many scholars to sift through an exegetical interpretative methodology in order to, decipher whether…show more content…
Ezekiel’s message delivered to the people encourage them because they heard the message of restoration and expected the construction of a literal temple with the resurgence of the Davidic kingdom and the reunification of the twelve tribes of Israel. In addition, Ezekiel descriptive detail is similar to the building of Solomon’s temple, but Ezekiel temple offered more detail and there are even three-dimensional miniature models built proving the architectural structure is achievable. Moreover, Yates provided Ezekiel’s vision reciprocates a reflection of Ezekiel 8-11 because God’s glory departs from Israel. A point to consider, Ezekiel’s first vision was treated as a reality because the first temple fell, but the third vision was ignored by Israel. Furthermore, the post-exilic building of the second temple avoided using Ezekiel’s detailed specifications for building of the future temple. Even though, there were many (Samaritans, orthodox Jews, and the Qumran community) that believed the temple was a literal event, no one observed the words of Ezekiel. However, the symbolic viewpoint looks at Ezekiel’s temple as an eschatological event. Meaning Ezekiel’s temple was a sign representing something literal. For instance, God called Ezekiel to use symbolic acts that represented literal events. (Ez 2:8-3:3; 4:1-3; 4:4-8; 4:9-15; 12:17-18; 24:15-17) The symbolic view establishes there are inconsistences in Ezekiel’s temple. For example the
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