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1 Kings 8

October 5, 2008

In 1 Kings 8 we read about the Ark of the Covenant being brought into the Temple during the reign of Solomon. This took place during the feast of Tabernacles as we are told in verse 2, “All the men of Israel came together to King Solomon at the time of the festival in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.”

Now as Sigmund Mowinckel has noted, “The new year feast has been chosen as the feast of the consecration of the Temple! In this connection it is important that in 1 Kgs. 8 the central act of the temple consecration consists in the ark being brought in procession into the sanctuary as a symbol of the personal presence of Yahweh. The festal act of 1 Kgs. 8 is described as a repetition of the one in 2 Sam. 6. In this way a connexion has again been established between the enthronement psalms and the new year festival.”

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