Josephus-Book 3, Describing the Tabernacle and the Priesthood (roughly Exodus 19-37) Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 27 January 2016
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artist: Joshua Justice
title: Josephus-Book 3, Describing the Tabernacle and the Priesthood (roughly Exodus 19-37)
album: Josephus and a Look at the First Century and the Growing Christian Church
year: 2016
genre: Bible Study (id None)
From the building of the tabernacle and the detailed descriptions of the Levitical garments to the tabernacle itself, Josephus gives the Romans a description of the religious "trappings" that the detail-oriented Roman culture would expect to be a part of any religion.  (Notably, he does not tell the "why" of each detail, only the "what".)  Josephus also gives the Hebrew picture of death as passing through the veil, reflecting the separation between the holy and the holy of holies... moving from the God-created earth to being home with God Himself, the individual going from the world of types and shadows to eternity and a full and real life.  This was a much different picture than the Greek or Roman underworlds... and one that the wilderness tabernacle and the Jewish beliefs helped to explain why these pesky Jews were so dedicated to their God. Finally, we see how the decorations of the tabernacle also reminded the Jews of Garden of Eden and the protection God provided with the flaming sword, and how, although His goodness covers the whole earth, He still has expectations and levels of holiness to which He wants His people to attain.  Note: here are two different explanations of the building of the wilderness tabernacle ~ 1)   showing build proceeding according to the Old Testament; 2)  walk through the temple linking various items/activities as type and shadow to the New Testament and a TD Jakes sermon re: the Tabernacle and the Christian


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