Emil Heller Henning, author and principal investigator, professional architect and church elder

About the Five Images Cycling on the Home Page

1. The partial view of Ezekiel’s central altar (from my Ezekiel’s Temple book and the covers of all four “Christian midrash” articles) has two aspects that will be questioned by talmudic authorities—its east-to-west direction of ascent, and its steps rather than a ramp. (The apparent quartering of the altar’s hearth is simply to suggest its alignment with the crossing axes of the overall Temple complex.) All this is discussed in Parts 1 and 2 of my “Christian midrash” on the Free Articles page.

2. The Temple plan with the white lines on green background (which is Fig. 2 in Part 2 of my four free “Christian midrash” articles) illustrates one aspect of the North-South (“They shall be My people”) Axis in its New Testament perspective—namely the life of Jesus along this axis in “dwelling” in Israel and gathering His new covenant people of God. A second diagram (Fig. 3 in Part 2) shows how Jesus built His church of those following in His footsteps. All of this fulfills the original role of this axis in Ezekiel 46.9, as God has worked in man to make a worshiping and serving people for the glory of His name in the earth.

3. The map of Ezekiel’s new tribal layout for Israel shows that each tribe is a horizontal strip with the same two axes as his Temple—an E-W Axis from Sea to sunrise displaying God’s sovereign, saving acts on behalf of that individual tribe, and a N-S Axis of response linking all tribes together into one body in the worship and service of God. This is discussed in paragraphs 9-12 of the Feb. 17, 2019 blog post, “Are the Two Covenant Axes Biblical?” The full diagram may be found in Fig. 4 of Part 1 of the “Christian midrash” articles on the Free Articles page, and also as Fig. 12 in the author’s book (see The Book page.)

4. The Temple plan with the white lines on red background (from my Ezekiel’s Temple book and Part 1 of my four “Christian midrash” articles) portrays Ezekiel’s trip through the Temple with verse numbers for each section of his tour. Neither my book nor the article are verse-by-verse commentaries, but this plan might help someone struggling to form a “mental map” of the Temple as I did. Maybe it also suggests a bit of my own early sense of “lostness” in Ezekiel’s complicated description.

5. The square diagram with Bible verses around it is explained on page 10 of Part 2 (“Jesus in the Temple”) in my “Christian midrash” articles. To my knowledge it is unique to this study. The fourfold form of the diagram echoes both the overall Temple and its altar. The verses across the top and bottom show how the conveyance of God’s Presence (by the “chariot” of Ezekiel’s chapter 1) to the Temple in chapter 43 corresponds to Jesus—the pre-Incarnate Word of God—taking on mortal flesh as the Living Temple of God (what Christians celebrate as Christmas.) The verses on the diagram’s left side identify the vision Ezekiel sees in chapter 1 with Jesus as the Word (Greek: Logos, Aramaic: Memra) of God. The verses on the right side identify Ezekiel’s Temple with Jesus the living Temple. In sum, Jesus is the Presence or Glory of the LORD / HASHEM. There is only one Temple, and only one Word of God coming to dwell with His people forever, expressed dimly in Ezekiel’s Old Covenant terms, then fully in those of the New Testament (see 1 Peter 1:10-12).

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