This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on Religion – Jewish History – The Second Temple & the Ark of the Covenant. The total number of slides in the presentations is 49. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed Solomon’s Temple after the Siege of Jerusalem in 587 BCE. This event initiated a period, called “The Exile” period which came to an end when King Cyrus of Persia conquered the Babylonian empire in 539 BCE. Cyrus permitted the Jews to return to the land and rebuild their Temple. Led by the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, the Second Temple was built on the same site as the first. Upon completion sacrifices to God were once again resumed.
During the 1st century BCE, Herod, the Roman appointed head of Judea, made substantial modifications to the Temple and the surrounding mountain, enlarging and expanding the Temple. The Second Temple is also known as Herod’s Temple. Like the First Temple, it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, following the failure of the Great Revolt.
Very little is known about the details of the Temple other than religious sources. The New Testament, the Mishna, and the works of the Judeo-Roman historian Josephus provide the bulk of our knowledge of the Temple. These in association with archaeological evidence at the site all point to a building so wondrous that even today its construction remains a mystery.
It was Herod, set about renovating the city and the Temple. Before work began on the Temple, Herod spent 8 years stockpiling materials for its construction. Then, a workforce of over 10,000 men began its construction including a contingent of 1,500 specially trained priests who were the only ones permitted to work on the innermost and holiest parts of the Temple. Building continued for another 20 years, though the Temple was in a sufficiently ready state within 3.5 years of its commencement to be dedicated.
The Second Temple was not only awe inspiring because of its religious significance, but also for its physical dimensions, its grandeur and its beauty. As the Roman generals were surveying Jerusalem and considering the Temple’s future many did not want to order its destruction, but they did. Jews, from that day to this, have yearned and prayed for its rebuilding, and tourists and religious people alike have come to behold the site on which it once stood.
Power point #1 is entitled, Religion – Jewish History – God’s Earthly Dwelling Place – The Second Temple and contains 22 slides and covers the following:
The Second Temple
Herod’s Temple Cutaway
Exquisite Workmanship (2)
The Ritual Bath
The Temple Itself
Visiting the Temple
The Holy of Holies
The Water System
The Site Today
End of Presentation
Judaism rejects physical manifestations of spirituality, preferring instead to focus on actions and beliefs. Worship of graven images is harshly condemned throughout the Torah, and perhaps the greatest sin the Israelites collectively committed was the construction of the Golden Calf recorded in the Bible in (Exodus 32). There is one exception to this rule. One man-made object was/is considered intrinsically holy - the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark of the Covenant was constructed after the Exodus from Egypt during the Israelites' wanderings in the desert and used until the destruction of the First Temple. During that time, The Ark was the most important symbol of the Jewish faith, and served as the only physical manifestation of God on earth. The legends associated with this object; and the harsh penalties ascribed for anyone who misuses it, confirm the Ark's centrality to the Jewish faith of that period.
Hidden in the special golden box in the Ark were not treasures and precious gems, but rather 3 articles that represented some of the most embarrassing and disgraceful events in the history of the Israelites; Manna, Aaron’s Staff and the 10 Commandments.
The Ark was used in the desert and in Israel proper for many spiritual and pragmatic purposes. God used the Ark as an indicator of when he wanted the nation to travel, and when to stop. When the Israelites went to war in the desert and during the conquering of Canaan, the Ark accompanied them. It inspired them to believe that God was present with them and that He aided them in fighting. Spiritually, the Ark was the manifestation of God's physical presence on earth (the shekhina). Once the Ark was moved into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple, it was accessible only once a year, and then, only by the Hight Priest.
The Ark remained in the Temple until its destruction at the hand of the Babylonian empire, led by Nebuchadnezzar. No one knows where it is today except it there are a few location suggestions that re quite interesting.
The only remnant of the Ark in Jewish life today is the Holy Ark in which Torah scrolls are kept in synagogues. These Arks often are decorated with copies of the Tablets, reminiscent of the contents of the actual Ark of ancient times. The Ark itself plays no role in Jewish life today, but remains a potent symbol of the Jewish peoples' past, and of the messianic era many believe is waiting in the future.
Power point #2 is entitled, Religion – Jewish History – God’s Earthly Presence and contains 27 slides and covers the following:
Importance of the Ark
Command to Build the Ark
The Ark’s Construction
The Atonement Cover
Contents of the Box
10 Commandments (2)
Role of the Ark: Practical
Role of the Ark: Spiritual
The Ark’s Holiness
History of the Ark
Captured & Returned
The Ark Returned
The Ark’s Home
Where is The Ark Now?
The Ethiopian Claim
The Temple Mount Claim
The Ark Today
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This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading... Religion.