This week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Tetzaveh covering Ezekiel 43:10-27. In this Portion, Ezekiel describes the sin offering and the building plan for the Temple. Gordon and Johnson consider whether a spiritual or literal interpretation fits best with the minute details of the plan. We learn the iniquity for which Ezekiel’s listeners were (and we are) to be ashamed as well as the literal meanings of “temple” and “synagogue” and that word choice indicates world view.
Word studies include: “Son of man / ben adam,” “temple / ha-bayeet,” and “back / gav,”—the last of which provides linguistic proof for the pronunciation of God’s name. Gordon expounds on “ariel” (aleph-reish-yod-aleph-lamed) – a concept central to Ezekiel’s prophecy that has been lost in English translations. We also learn the family history of Zadok—from the days of Samuel to the Apostle Paul. In closing, Gordon and Johnson savor the last words of the Portion and the best news of all—“I will accept you, declares the Lord Yehovah.”
"So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns." Ezekiel 43:15