Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Religion, Old Testament Studies PhD

First Advisor

Roy E. Gane

Second Advisor

Richard M. Davidson

Third Advisor

Robert M. Johnston

Abstract

Topic. This research investigates the relationship between eschatology and the Jerusalem temple within the second temple period. -- Purpose. This research investigates the role of the Jerusalem temple within the second temple Jewish writings to establish whether the Jerusalem temple has any role to play in relation to the end of the exile and the beginning of the eschaton. Previous analyses of second temple Judaism have not focused on the role of the Temple in eschatology. -- Sources. The primary documents investigated in this research were the proto-canonical, deutero-canonical, Qumran writings, and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. -- Conclusion. The Jerusalem templehas been found to have an eschatological role in some second temple period Jewish writings. This research has investigated the Jerusalem temple in the Hebrew Scriptures as well as later writings. This research reports that in some second temple period Jewish writings, the Jerusalem temple plays an eschatological role in the sense that it is expected to hasten or speed up the conclusion of the present age and commencement of a new age. Such a role is indicated in 1 Enoch, Jubilees, Pseudo Philo, Tobit, Sirach, 2 Maccabees, and the Temple Scroll.

Subject Area

Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem), Eschatology.

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