Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Model of Ezekiel's Ideal Temple

In my journeys around the Web, I discovered this well-done model, created by Paul Jablonowski, of the ideal temple envisioned in Ezekiel 40 - 48. I am not recommending the written content of his web-site, but this model is pretty cool. Until now, I had only seen 2-dimensional floor plans of this ideal temple. Paul's model gives us a 3-dimensional image of the temple, which really brings out its very distinct idiosyncrasies.

Ezekiel's Temple


One of the first things you notice is how the three gate complexes on the outer wall of the precinct tower above the wall. When you remember that the wall all around the precinct is taller than a human being, the immensity of the gate complexes really hits you. They are even taller than the main temple building itself!

Ezekiel's ideal temple plan is focussed on differentiating zones of increasing holiness, on keeping holiness protected, and on allowing it to safely infuse Israel arrayed about the temple.

The gate-complexes represent liminal zones, where separate orders and gradations of holiness meet. In Ezekiel's world of hierarchical holiness, such zones are key. They allow for a safe and controlled seeping of God's sanctifying holiness out into the land of God's people.

In God's final utopia, God's holy glory must indwell the temple and never depart, as it did at the time of the exile because of the people's sin. The huge gates of Ezekiel 40-48 symbolize how firmly God's glory is enclosed and guarded within the temple.

6 Comments:

Blogger King of Peace said...

Biblische Ausbildung has received a thinking blogger award, a dubious merit, but heartfelt just the same: Thinking Blogger

peace,
Frank+

Wed Apr 18, 05:49:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Frank, Thanks. I'll check this out as soon as I get a chance! Peace, ---S.

Thu Apr 19, 07:44:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Greg Carey said...

Glad I ran into this. All along, I've assumed (and written -- yikes!) that Ezekiel's temple didn't "add up."
All best,
Greg

Fri Apr 20, 10:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Hi Greg, Thanks for dropping by my blog! It's great to discover you so nearby at Lancaster Seminary, and to discover your own relatively new blog. Please comment freely at any time. Peace, ---Steve C.

Fri Apr 20, 12:29:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say that the gates are higher than the Temple itself. Where is the height of the Temple given in Ezekiel?

Sat Jul 07, 11:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Hi Anonymous. I assume that Paul J. had to extrapolate some of the details of his model. To check out his explanations, click here. Let us know if you find anything interesting! ---SLC

Thu Jul 12, 02:40:00 PM GMT-5  

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