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The Temple of Jerusalem Every organization in the world has a focal point a place thing or idea that embodies the existence and purpose of the group Religion is not different from this generalization Every religion has something specific it worships usually a god or very important idea of that god The Jews are no different They worship one god and his principles but they have different things which embody these The Torah is the religious book which embodies their god but perhaps more importantly to them as a people is the Temple of David in Jerusalem The Temple of Jerusalem is quite possibly the single most important part of Jewish history in Jerusalem and the world The original temple was called the Temple of David According to scripture God had told David himself not to build it but to wait until his son Solomon was king and let him build it Solomons Speech That was what Solomon did completing the temple in c960 BCE In Solomons Prayer of Dedication many important aspects of that Temple are expressed One was the idea that God had made an agreement with David that the completion of the Temple would ensure a ruler of Davids line would always occupy the throne of the Jewish kingdom In stating this he also stated that this temple and Jerusalem the city it was built in would be Gods house forever Solomons Dedication long as Gods people the Israelites acted in Gods favor A third important statement was that of Jerusalem and its temple becoming a place for all foreigners to be welcome to come to worship the lord He entreats God to hear the prayers of these people as well as the Israeli people when they pray in the direction of the temple All of these things were important because in reality these were combined into a statement of national identity Solomon had created a temple that was the
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