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Bibil Identifier bibil:216567
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Modern Hebrew, Long) המזבח כבית לה': עיון בתורת המקדש המימונית
Author Hershkowitz, Itzhak
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 8)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language Modern Hebrew
Pages 99-115 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Titre en anglais: "The Altar as God's House: A Study in Maimonides' Temple Perspectives".
Abstract The altar has a unique and complex status in the Bible, since two incompatible characteristics are attributed to it: it is depicted both as a portable sanctified object and as a stationary building. These opposing characteristics are evident in Maimonides' laws of the Temple (Hilkhot Beit Ha-Behirah). However, when Maimonides molds these rulings into a coherent codex of decrees, he prefers the building aspect of the altar, although he bases several rulings about the Temple, especially those concerning building materials and methods, on the conception of the portable altar. Thus, Maimonides asserts that the altar is the fundamental essence of the Temple. Therefore, even if the Temple is not fully constructed, the presence of the altar alone is sufficient to provide a functional House of God. This view differs from that of the talmudic Sages, who regarded the altar solely as a temporary alternative to the Temple.
These conclusions derive from a textual, contextual, and linguistic study of Maimonides' writings concerning the relationship between the altar, the Temple's outer shell, and the other vessels that were utilized in the divine service.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Middle Ages : Maimonides
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Altar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Temple
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