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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Ch ron ic les — m en tion is m ad e o f m any books th a t se rved as
sou rces fo r th e h isto ry o f th e p eop le d u r in g F irst T em p le days.
Bu t only a few o f these books an d only th e in fo rm a t io n a c cep t­
able to th e w rite rs were inc luded . Most o f th e books have been
fo rg o t ten a n d have d is a p p e a re d an d only traces o f th e i r m em ­
ory a re to be fo u n d h e re an d th e re in th e Bible. We shall e n u ­
m e ra te th em in ch rono log ica l fash ion .
“Samuel expounded to the people the rules o f the monarchy,
and recorded them as a document which he deposited before
the Lord.” (I Sam. 10:25)
T h e r e is no re fe re n ce h e re to a lost book. T h e scho lars d i f fe r
ove r w h e th e r th e tex t re fe rs to th e ru les o f th e m on a rchy th a t
a re re co rd ed in D eu t.
17 :14 -20 ,
o r th e w ords o f Samuel r e g a r d ­
ing these ru les in c h a p te r 8
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1, b u t bo th o f these a re in c lud ed
in th e ir en tire ty in the Bible. W ha t is im p o r ta n t to be n o ted
is th a t the d o c um e n t was p laced fo r sa fek eep ing in th e sanc ­
tua ry . T h is was most advan tageou s , fo r as a re su l t th e d o c um e n t
becam e sanc tified an d was no t sub ject to em en d a t io n an d
change . However, with th e d e s tru c t io n o f th e T em p le this p ra c ­
tice cam e to an end . T h e r e h ad been sanc tua r ies in Gilgal an d
Shiloh, in Nob, M izpeh an d G ibeon , which w ere de s troy ed . W ho
is to say how many scrolls w ere lost to us th a t were k ep t th e re?
PLAN OF SOLOMON’S TEMPLE
“David gave his son Solomon the plan o f the porch and its
house, its storerooms and its upper chambers and inner cham­
bers and o f the place o f the Ark-cover.. . . All this that the Lord
made me understand by His hand on me, I give you in writing
— the plan o f all the works.” (I. Chron. 28:11, 19)
Rashi exp la ins the p lan as consisting o f the m e a su rem en ts
o f th e T em p le ’s leng th , w id th an d he igh t , while th e T a rg um
o f Rabbi Jo s e p h views it as a d raw ing an d tran s la te s it as
tsurata,
im p ly ing a sketch o f th e a rch i te c tu ra l design .