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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 7468 temple, rebuilding of
7468 temple, rebuilding of

7468 temple, rebuilding of

Following the exile Solomon’s ruined temple was rebuilt and became the focus of the Jewish faith worldwide.

Preparations for rebuilding the temple

Ezr 1:1-4 pp 2Ch 36:22-23 Cyrus gave permission for the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple (538 B.C.); Ezr 1:7 He sent back the temple treasures.

Rebuilding the temple under the leadership of Jeshua and Zerubbabel

Ezr 3:3-6,8-13; Ezr 4:1-3

Interruptions to the rebuilding

The Jews’enemies persuaded Artaxerxes to order the work to cease Ezr 4:8,12-15,17,20-21,24

The prophets Haggai and Zechariah called Zerubbabel and the people to restart work Hag 1:4 See also Ezr 5:1-12; Hag 1:5-7,14-15

The rebuilding authorised by King Darius Ezr 5:3,11,13; Ezr 6:3-5,7-8

The dedication and worship of the rebuilt temple Ezr 6:16; Ezr 7:11-17

The post-exilic temple and its worship was regarded as the spiritual centre for Jews worldwide

Ps 87:1-7; Ps 135:21

The temple is the place where God is to be praised

Ps 100:4; Ps 134:1-2 See also Ps 135:19-20; Ps 138:2

Prophecies of restoration of the temple

Zec 1:16 See also Jer 31:6,23; Jer 33:18; Eze 40:1-43:27

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