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23 May 2009 @ 12:22 pm
I thought this was interesting . . .  

So I was reading the other day and came across this, which I thought interesting enough to pass along to you.

Some additional insight into the religious significance of the Jerusalem Temple … can be gleaned from ancient Jewish literature. The altar was believed to rest on a boulder, the so-called Foundation Store (Even Shiyya*), which served as a kind of cosmic plug preventing a resurgence of the Deluge, or which marked the point from which the solidification of the Earth had proceeded outward when the world was first created. The very cosmos therefore depended on this place for its origins and continued existence.
—The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume IV: The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period, Steven T. Katz (ed), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2006, page 193.

*Or as below:
Even Ha-Shetiyah
Even ha-Shetiyah

graydowngraydown on May 23rd, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but is that passage saying that the temple housed the cosmic bath plug? Because... wow. That's better than the Great Arkleseizure and the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 23rd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)

That does seem to be about the size of it, don't it? (Or at least it's the plain sense of one of the two beliefs mentioned.) Hmm.

You're right—take a step back from it and it does get cast in a strange, very strange, light. But then again, lots of religious and folk beliefs are rather like that, once one thinks about them.

Matthew B. Tepper: Bitter lemonade sarcasmasimovberlioz on May 23rd, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
And, presumably, that place is concealed well within the al-Aqsa Mosque.
wcolsher on May 26th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
That would be "The Dome of the Rock" that is built over the foundation stone.