The Vibe of the Temple

The Temple begins as a mobile tent put up by Moses in the Sinai desert but the vibes become more permanent when King Solomon builds an elaborate stone structure on a hill in Jerusalem. No expense is spared and the Temple is the place where the Jews come to worship, say prayers and bring small animals which they sacrifice to God. The innermost part of the Temple is called the Holy of Holies, and it is in this room that the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Around this are an inner courtyard that has a ‘priests only’ vibe, and an outer one where the people can worship God. The building is razed to the ground when the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem but when the Persians become the new superpower, the Jews are allowed to return and rebuild their holy shrine. A few centuries later, the vibe goes astray again and the Temple falls into a shabby state of disrepair once more. This time it is revamped by King Herod who makes a much bigger edifice with four outer courts – one for the priests, one for women, one for Jews and one for Gentiles. This last court is used as a bazaar where people can buy animals to offer as sacrifices, and where they can exchange their Roman coins into special shekels for the annual tax that every Jew has to pay to the Temple. However, when Jesus senses that underhand business practices are at play, he kicks over the tables of the stall holders and exchange bureaux. The vibe is clear - this is God's house, respect it. Immediately after Jesus is executed, the curtain that separates the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple is ripped in two, a powerful statement that the barrier between people and God has disappeared. Around thirty years after the death of Jesus, the Temple is destroyed by the Roman army and is now an Islamic shrine. A definite 'where are they now?' vibe.

General vibe of the Temple: God in a building.

Factvibe: Despite its magnificence, Solomon’s Temple was actually quite small – it was only 90 feet long, 45 feet wide and 30 feet high.
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