The Jewish Temple

20 05 2009


We find similar temporal symbolism as the part of the cosmological symbolism of the Temple at Jerusalem. According to Flavius Josephus, the twelve loaves of bread on the table signified the twelve months of the year and the candelabrum with the seventy branches represented the decans (the zodiacal division of the seven planets into tens). The Temple was an imago mundi; being at the Center of the World, at Jerusalem, it sanctified not only the entire cosmos but also cosmic life – that is, time.

-Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion