Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Christ The True Temple

A lot of scholarly work has been done recently on Christ as the true Temple, especially in John's Gospel. I was meditating on Christ as the Temple on my way to work this morning and I remembered that the Jewish feast of Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, which would be December 25 in the Gregorian calendar and also the birth of Christ. Hanukkah, you might remember, commemorates the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple by the Maccabeans after the defeat of the armies of Antiochus Epiphanes. There seems to be a connection here with Christ, who is the true Temple, being born on the date of the commemoration of the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple.

Has anyone else noticed this connection....or am I way out in left field on this one?