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The Carved Wooden Torah Arks of Eastern Europe$
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Bracha Yaniv

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764371

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764371.001.0001

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Messianic Expectations

Messianic Expectations

(p.205) Chapter Six Messianic Expectations
The Carved Wooden Torah Arks of Eastern Europe

Bracha Yaniv

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about how the Temple is manifested in the synagogue through indirect motifs. It reviews events with motifs represented on the Torah arks that will take place concurrently with the rebuilding of the Temple in the days of personal and national redemption or in messianic times. It also discusses the tradition that is based on early expressions of eschatological expectations, mainly in the Talmud and midrashic literature that emerged as a result of continual disappointment at the delayed redemption. The chapter looks at literary motifs referring to the times of the messiah that appear on arks, such as the leviathan and the ox that are expressions of personal redemption. It mentions Aaron's rod, the manna jar, and the jug of anointing oil that are traditionally believed to have been set aside in anticipation of the coming of the messiah.

Keywords:   Synagogue, motifs, Torah arks, messianic times, eschatological expectations, Talmud, midrashic literature

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