Well, no, I suppose the common circumlocution to avoid the Tetragrammaton would have been something else, probably many other circumlocutions from Mishnah (esp.) should be listed, but Scripture is full of 'the House of the LORD' (I don't read Hebrew). This point certainly needs to be explained and linked with the Yahweh entry. --MichaelTinkler
140 occurrances of 'the house of the LORD' in KJB ;) But "beit jahveh" was used not only to refer to THE Temple in Jerusalem, but to any temple of the Hebrew God in any odd place; as well as metaphorically. On the other hand, "beit ha-mikdash" refers unequivocally to the Temple in Jerusalem. I suppose that the phrase itself dates to Mishnaic times and not to the biblical times; but it's been in continuous use ever since. I'm not knowledgable enough to expand on the relationships of various terms in this entry; I'm merely a Hebrew speaker living in Israel with enough knowledge of the Hebrew tradition to correct the obviously absurd statement that 'beit jahveh' is the normal Hebrew name for the Temple. Maybe someone more knowledgable will come along and set things straight. --AV
sorry, I hadn't read this before the last revision to the main entry - I was away from my computer with the edit screen sitting there. I'll change it back. --MichaelTinkler
on the other hand, having just re-read what I wrote, I said "the name given in Scripture." So, edit your qualification about other temples into the main entry, Anatoly. --MichaelTinkler
- did that, although perhaps a bit awkwardly, please feel free to reword. I'll try to remember and come back to this entry later, I was going to do some reading on the history of the Temple anyway in the near future. --AV
- if you get interested in the reconstructions published since the Renaissance, Stanley Tigerman's book (whose name is escaping me at the moment) is a great thing. --MichaelTinkler
"the reconstruction of the Temple would require the recommencement of animal sacrifices, something which few Jews would like to happen."
-- I don't know anything about this. These sacrifices wouldn't be appreciably different from current "kashrut" slaughter practices, would they? (Apologies if I misuse the terms here.)