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40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 35

40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 35

The Jerusalem temple was called as בֵּית־הַמִּקְדָּשׁ [(Bet Hammiqdash): The House of Holiness] and the common term for temple is הֵיכָל (hekal).

The temple was built during the reign of King Solomon and was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The second temple was constructed on the same site and dedicated in 515 BCE.

In the first century BCE Herod modified the temple. However, it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. After the triumphal arrival in Jerusalem, on the next day Jesus entered into the Jerusalem temple and drove out the sellers who converted it into a place of commerce (Mk. 11:15-17).

Jesus’ action indicates that he is not for ‘commercialization of religion.’ Is it possible to challenge such practices in our context?


Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.

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