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Julian's attempt to rebuild the Temple

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:45 pm
by arnoldo
Given that the Emperor Julian wished to rebuild the Jewish Temple what were his motives? The following article states he wanted to;
(1) Julian wished to rebuild the Temple to strengthen paganism against Christianity (he saw Judaism and paganism as having sacrificial rites in common);

(2) he wished to refute Jesus' prophecy concerning the Temple (Luke 21:6; Matt. 24:2).
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jul ... tate-x00b0


Re: Julian's attempt to rebuild the Temple

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:56 pm
by arnoldo
This article from the non-scholarly Jerusalem Post bring another possible motivation for Julian's proposal. Julian's Persian invasion would've benefited from Jews living in Mesopotamia who presumably would've fought against the Persians or at least provided support for the Roman troops in some way.
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Cont ... that-wasnt