Old Testament Temple Imagery

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In the essay that follows, the relationship between the Garden of Eden, the Tabernacle, and the Temple will be discussed. Their theological relationship will be traced following the outline provided in the course syllabus. Many supportive sources of information were available. This paper will attempt to summarize these findings and synthesize a succinct view on its impact on Christians today. The relationship between the Garden of Eden, the Tabernacle, and the Temple: It is quite clear that the Garden of Eden, the Tabernacle, and the Temple are all places that mark the relationship of God with His people. Their connection can be seen from a design perspective, where similar aspects as shared amongst each of these places. Their relationship can also be seen theologically, where all three are associated with common themes and literary connections. From a structural and descriptive perspective The Garden, the Tabernacle, and the Temple share similarities. Like the future tabernacle and temples, Eden was entered from the east (Gen. 3:24, Numbers 3:38, Ezekiel 43:1, with Ezek. 40:6, NASB ). In Eze 28:13–18, the prophet draws a number of parallels between Eden and Israel’s tabernacle and temple. Specifically, the prophet references Eden as a sanctuary and pictures Adam dressed as a priest (Eze 28:13). And “Eze 28:18 probably is the most explicit place anywhere in canonical literature where the Garden of Eden is called a temple” (Beale 2004, 75-76). Further, by the description of the precious stones that are associated with The Garden: “The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there.” (Gen 2:12), it is observed that such precious stones were also detailed by Yaweh to be used in the construction of the Tabernacle and the Temple. (cf. 1 Kgs 6:20-22, Ex 25:7, 11-39, 28:6-27, 1 Chr 29:2). G.J. Wenham in ‘Sanctuary Symbolism in the
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