I am currently editing Jacob Milgrom's commentary on Ezekiel 38–48 (to be entitled Ezekiel's Hope). It is, as one would expect from such a great scholar, superb.
Anyway, what had never dawned on me (among other things) was the location of Jerusalem in the visionary temple sequence (40–48). Ezekiel avoids speaking directly of "Jerusalem" in the vision but it is most likely that "the city" that he refers to is Jerusalem. But, if that is right, then Ezekiel's temple is not situated on the site of the earlier temple but about 17,500 cubits away — outside Jerusalem. (I have forgotten how far that would be in modern measurements but it's far enough).
It dawned on me that, if this is right, all those people who ponder about Ezekiel's temple being rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem are looking in the wrong place.
There is a plus-point to this: Any actual attempt to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem would be a sure move towards violence on a global scale. But some — a few Jewish people and a lot of (dispensationalist) Christian people — are keen for it to go ahead.
So here's my plan: we mass-market Milgrom's commentary to these people and persuade them that they should make plans to see the new temple away from the Temple Mount. That way, if they ever do go ahead, we won't have World War III on our hands.
- Robin Parry
- Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).