View Catalog: THEM00111

Catalog Name THEM00111
Document Ms. 132
Title Notes on the Temple of Solomon and a tabular comparison of measurement systems
Subtitle Notes on the Temple of Solomon
Author Isaac Newton
Place of Origin England
Origin Date probably after 1690
Repository Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas
Wordcount 1,237
Language Latin;Hebrew;

A Latin fragment on the Temple of Solomon and its dimensions. For Newton and for many of his contemporaries - not just fellow Protestants but also Roman Catholics and Jews - correctly interpreting the detailed description given of the Temple in the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel was vitally important for two reasons. Firstly, it was believed that the rebuilding of the Temple was foretold in prophecy and a sacred duty. Secondly and perhaps even more importantly, there was thought to be a 'mystical' meaning to the design reflecting the structure that the True Church itself would have at the end of time.

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