Month: February 2018

The Chosen Place is not Jerusalem

The Chosen Place is not Jerusalem

Deuteronomy contains over 20 references to a “chosen” place. This chosen place is described in the Masoretic Text using descriptions such as these taken from Deuteronomy 12:

“the place he chooses from all your tribes to establish his name as his place of residence” (Deuteronomy 12:5)

“the place YHWH your God chooses for his name to reside” (Deuteronomy 12:11)

“the place YHWH chooses in one of your tribal areas” (Deuteronomy 12:14)

“the place he chooses” (Deuteronomy 12:18)

“the place he chooses to locate his name” (Deuteronomy 12:21)

“the place YHWH will choose” (Deuteronomy 12:26)

This chosen place is the only location where sacrificial offerings could be made, and where the three pilgrimage feasts, (Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot), were to be held.

Jerusalem is believed to be this place by the majority of Jews and Christians.

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