Tabernacle, temple, and the various motifs arising from them are central theological realities throughout the biblical literature, much as the buildings themselves were focal for Israel’s religious life. Yet the specific attention given to such things as the details of their construction and design can baffle the minds of many moderns.
Within this six-week course we will follow the development of the temple and its attendant motifs over the course of redemptive history. On account of the prominence and pervasive presence of the temple and related themes, this exploration will take us from the very beginning of the Bible to its end.
Our investigation will trace the history of the temple from Eden and other early precursors and anticipations to the New Jerusalem, where there is no longer any temple building. On the way we will look at the establishment of the tabernacle and its order at Sinai, the need for a central sanctuary in the land, the collapse of the tabernacle order at the battle of Aphek and the period that followed, Solomon’s building of his temple, the destruction of the temple by Babylon and its later rebuilding, Jesus’ teaching concerning the temple, the establishment of the Church as a new temple, and the promise of the greater dwelling place of the Lord with his people.
At each stage we will consider the way that particular period might inform our greater theological picture. We will consider things such as the symbolism of the tabernacle, its construction, furniture, and dimensions, the meaning of Ezekiel’s temple, the presence of the Temple in places such as the Song of Songs, the multiple uses of the temple in describing the reality of the new covenant, the importance of temple as a theological concept, and how the temple can inform a range of things from our Christology to church architecture.
When: Weekly on Saturday, from February 5 - March 12, 2022.
Time: 1:00-3:00pm CST
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*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.
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