Date

9-2014

Department

Philosophical Studies

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Randall Price

Keywords

Apostles, Christianity, First Century, Jerusalem, Temple, Yeshua

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Christianity | History of Christianity | Philosophy | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

During the first century, Yeshua (Jesus) and the original Christians viewed the temple as God's dwelling place on earth. Informed by the Hebrew Bible, which they saw as the Holy Scriptures, they continued to hold the temple in high regard. The writings of the New Testament display the thoughts of the first Christians and the teachings of Yeshua concerning their understanding of the Jerusalem temple. This study explores the views of the temple in the New Testament and other Christian writings from the first century to demonstrate that most Christians and especially the writings of the New Testament continue to venerate the temple as a legitimate place of worship for Christians.