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Israelite priests hold first gathering since Temple era
Israel Today ^ | July 15, 2007 | staff writer

Posted on 07/19/2007 3:59:10 PM PDT by Squidpup

Israelite priests hold first gathering since Temple era

Jews belonging to the Tribe of Levi, and particularly the Kohen clan, came together for a mass gathering in Jerusalem on Sunday. It was the first large-scale gathering of biblically-mandated Israelite priests since the time of the Second Temple.

The gathering included lectures and seminars on the history and future of the Temple, and culminated with all of the participants declaring the priestly blessing over Israel from the Western Wall.

Genetic research over the past several decades has succeeded in isolating a particular DNA signature shared by all members of the Tribe of Levi, making the reinstitution of Israel's priestly caste a relatively simple endeavor once the Temple is rebuilt.


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Interesting with all of the other things happening in the region now.
1 posted on 07/19/2007 3:59:12 PM PDT by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup
I read a while back that Israel formed the Septaugint again. I wonder if that’s true.

Does anyone know?

2 posted on 07/19/2007 4:05:12 PM PDT by BMC1 (THE HILLBILLY REGIME ROAD SHOW IS BACK AGAIN. SLITHERY CAN'T MAKE IT ON HER OWN.)
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To: BMC1

do you mean the Sanhedrin?


3 posted on 07/19/2007 4:08:39 PM PDT by avital2
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To: BMC1
You mean the Sanhedrin? I think that the Septaugint is the first 7 books of the Bible. (Gen, Ex, Lev, Num,Deu, Jos, and Jud)
4 posted on 07/19/2007 4:11:08 PM PDT by NathanR (Apr?s moi, le deluge.)
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To: avital2
Yes... Sorry. The Septuagint were the 70 Jewish scalars who translated the old testament each exactly the same.
5 posted on 07/19/2007 4:11:27 PM PDT by BMC1 (THE HILLBILLY REGIME ROAD SHOW IS BACK AGAIN. SLITHERY CAN'T MAKE IT ON HER OWN.)
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2ndDivisionVet; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; albyjimc2; ...
Cool! I'll have to ask my son if he attended.

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6 posted on 07/19/2007 4:12:20 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Squidpup; thinkinggal; Alouette; Salem; SJackson

Indeed.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.


7 posted on 07/19/2007 4:13:00 PM PDT by sauropod (Dorothy Parker, on Ernest Hemingway: “Deep down, he’s really superficial.”)
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To: BMC1
Israel formed the Septaugint again. I wonder if that’s true.

The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

Did you mean to say The Sanhedrin?

8 posted on 07/19/2007 4:13:40 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: NathanR
Thank you, but it was Jewish Scholars. They were given the task of translating the Old Testament by King Ptolemy.
9 posted on 07/19/2007 4:14:04 PM PDT by BMC1 (THE HILLBILLY REGIME ROAD SHOW IS BACK AGAIN. SLITHERY CAN'T MAKE IT ON HER OWN.)
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To: Alouette

The term “Septuagint” means seventy in Latin, and the text is so named to the credit of these 70 scholars.


10 posted on 07/19/2007 4:15:50 PM PDT by BMC1 (THE HILLBILLY REGIME ROAD SHOW IS BACK AGAIN. SLITHERY CAN'T MAKE IT ON HER OWN.)
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To: BMC1

yes, there is a recently re-established Sanhedrin that was formed last year in Israel, i believe. it is in an embryonic stage and shouldn’t be thought to have the gravitas of the historical Sanhedrin.


11 posted on 07/19/2007 4:16:07 PM PDT by avital2
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To: BMC1

Sanhedrin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1805050/posts


12 posted on 07/19/2007 4:16:47 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: NathanR
I think that the Septaugint is the first 7 books of the Bible.

Septuagint (sometimes abbreviated LXX) is the name given to the Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures. The Septuagint has its origin in Alexandria, Egypt and was translated between 300-200 BC. Widely used among Hellenistic Jews, this Greek translation was produced because many Jews spread throughout the empire were beginning to lose their Hebrew language. The process of translating the Hebrew to Greek also gave many non-Jews a glimpse into Judaism. According to an ancient document called the Letter of Aristeas, it is believed that 70 to 72 Jewish scholars were commissioned during the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus to carry out the task of translation. The term “Septuagint” means seventy in Latin, and the text is so named to the credit of these 70 scholars.

13 posted on 07/19/2007 4:17:08 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: avital2
Thank you for the information. Isn’t it also said the Sanhedrin comes back into being before the Temple is rebuilt?

That would dovetail with this article.

14 posted on 07/19/2007 4:17:56 PM PDT by BMC1 (THE HILLBILLY REGIME ROAD SHOW IS BACK AGAIN. SLITHERY CAN'T MAKE IT ON HER OWN.)
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To: BMC1

The new ‘Sanhedrin’ is sort of a voluntary effort and not officially recognized; the problem being, that after the members are named, the automatic response is, “Why is HE on it, and not ____?”
So while there ‘is’ a Sanhedrin, it really depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is....

(AFAIK, there’s no prophecy anywhere in either Testament about the Sanhedrin—though I could be wrong.)

Levites have come to the Temple annually for years to offer the priestly blessing to Israel. So I don’t know if this current meeting is actually something new, or simply a larger version of what has been done before.


15 posted on 07/19/2007 4:23:30 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: BMC1
I read a while back that Israel formed the Septaugint again. I wonder if that’s true.

The Septuagint is a translation of the Jewish Scriptures, made several hundred years before Christ.

http://www.septuagint.net/

What you may be referring to is the "Sanhedrin".

An article referring to this is -- "Sanhedrin Launched In Tiberias"

Regards,
Star Traveler

16 posted on 07/19/2007 4:26:23 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Squidpup

This must toast the Islamist’s cookies. As far as they are concerned, there IS no Jewish temple there - it’s all a Zionist lie.


17 posted on 07/19/2007 4:27:11 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: BMC1

i think this group that reconstituted the Sanhedrin believes that the Temple should be rebuilt in our day and that a Sanhedrin would be necessary to authenticate the coming of the Messiah - i don’t know if they are part of this, but there is a group called the Temple Institute which has a wonderful museum/exhibit in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. they have recreated the utensils and vestments from 2nd Temple to be ready for the rebuilding of the Temple in the present day. a fascinating place to visit and see those things we read about in Hebrew Scripture and now can visualize what it all looks like.


18 posted on 07/19/2007 4:27:48 PM PDT by avital2
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To: COBOL2Java

What’s interesting is that the Dead Sea Scolls were much closer to the Septaugint than to the BHS (oldest Hebrew manuscript existing today.)


19 posted on 07/19/2007 4:28:24 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: Squidpup

It’s getting close.


20 posted on 07/19/2007 4:28:43 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: avital2
Sounds like it’s time for the Ethiopians to return the Ark of the Covenant.
21 posted on 07/19/2007 4:31:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Indianhead Division: Second To None!)
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To: avital2

Thank you. That is the information I was looking for.


22 posted on 07/19/2007 4:32:33 PM PDT by BMC1 (THE HILLBILLY REGIME ROAD SHOW IS BACK AGAIN. SLITHERY CAN'T MAKE IT ON HER OWN.)
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To: fish hawk
"It’s getting close."

Take this story with a big grain of salt. I've been hearing versions of this for 5 years on various end times radio shows and ministries. Also, supposedly they created all the gold utensils and what nots to furnish the entire Temple as per the Torah and further, have successfully bred a pure red cow (again as per Torah) to use in the first sacrifice.

23 posted on 07/19/2007 4:33:38 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: Stillwaters

Interesting!


24 posted on 07/19/2007 4:35:04 PM PDT by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Sounds like it’s time for the Ethiopians to return the Ark of the Covenant” - any time would be a good time for that! i’d love to live to see that... and thanks for your service to our country.


25 posted on 07/19/2007 4:38:41 PM PDT by avital2
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To: joebuck
I’ve heard all this too and it came from a pretty good source. Are you saying it is not true?
26 posted on 07/19/2007 4:44:21 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: fish hawk
"Are you saying it is not true"

I dunno. Usually when you hear multiple versions of the same sensationalistic story for a couple of years it gets an urban legend vibe to it. But, who knows?

27 posted on 07/19/2007 4:47:51 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: joebuck
have successfully bred a pure red cow (again as per Torah) to use in the first sacrifice.

The red heifer was disqualified because some white hairs were found on her. However, they are still trying.

The purpose of a pure red heifer is not to be the "first sacrifice" but to follow the Levitical rules for purification. Most people assume that what needs to be ritually purified is the Temple Mount, before the Third Temple can be built.

You may laugh at it, if you wish, but some groups take this very seriously. Namely the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful

28 posted on 07/19/2007 4:56:20 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Quix

Have you seen this?? Interesting times we’re in...


29 posted on 07/19/2007 4:59:04 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Thanks.

Will check it out.


30 posted on 07/19/2007 5:05:03 PM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: BMC1
I read a while back that Israel formed the Septaugint again.

You mean the Sanhedrion. The Septuagint is the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible.

It wasn't really a Sanhedrion but a sort of "proto-Sanhedrion," and it is rejected by most Orthodox authorities. It is also unfortunately engaged in ecumenical and interfaith activities, which is strictly prohibited by Halakhah.

31 posted on 07/19/2007 5:23:44 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Tziyyon bemishpat yippadeh, veshaveyha bitzdaqah.)
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To: Squidpup; Alouette
Barukh HaShem!
32 posted on 07/19/2007 5:24:58 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Tziyyon bemishpat yippadeh, veshaveyha bitzdaqah.)
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To: Former Fetus
You may laugh at it, if you wish, but some groups take this very seriously. Namely the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful

Here is the official site for rebuilding the Temple in Israel...

And here is a picture of the Third Temple Menorah, made of solid gold...

Regards,
Star Traveler

33 posted on 07/19/2007 5:34:02 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Jo Nuvark
Take a look at the Third Temple Menorah...
34 posted on 07/19/2007 5:40:58 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Squidpup

Did they bring some brooms to sweep that gold dome pile of crap off it?


35 posted on 07/19/2007 5:41:28 PM PDT by 359Henrie ( One more bullet for a Kennedy trifecta)
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To: Flavius

Read this one, too.


36 posted on 07/19/2007 5:42:35 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
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To: Star Traveler
Beautiful! I understand that the Menorah had to be cast "the old fashion way" and it proved to be a challenge, but I'm glad it's ready.

It won't be long before the coming of Mashiach ben David. Come soon, Lord Jesus.

Be'ezrat HaShem

37 posted on 07/19/2007 6:12:17 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Squidpup
Jews belonging to the Tribe of Levi, and particularly the Kohen clan, came together for a mass gathering in Jerusalem on Sunday. It was the first large-scale gathering of biblically-mandated Israelite priests since the time of the Second Temple.

This is interesting.

38 posted on 07/19/2007 6:14:49 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Killing all of your enemies without mercy is the only sure way of sleeping soundly at night.)
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To: Squidpup

The Kohen clan eh? Well “give my regarrds to Broadway,” and “I am on top of the world, ma!” Genetics can prove priestly lineage, a Sanhedrin is in place, some group has made temple intruments to exact Torah specifications and another group has a corner stone they have been trying to place on the Temple Mount for a couple of years only to be rebuffed by the Israelie government. It gets curiouser and curiouser I dare say!


39 posted on 07/19/2007 6:21:27 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Squidpup

I’m Jewish, and I have a sure fire response to liberals who say “all those Evangelical Christians only support Israel because they think that the Jews have to return to their ancient homeland in order for Jesus to return, and once Jesus returns, the Evangelicals will be laughing and whooping it up when the Jews get vaporized”.

Here’s what I tell’em.....”It’s very simple, the Messiah will come and the Jews will say ‘look, it’s the Messiah’, the Christians will say ‘look, Jesus is back, and the Jews just called him the Messiah, so they’re Christians now’. Nobody gets vaporized, everyone is happy, except the Muslim devil worshippers whose unfortunate fate is assured by G-d”.

Shuts ‘em up and scares the crap out of them EVERYTIME!


40 posted on 07/19/2007 6:47:03 PM PDT by The Fop (Conservatism is the new counterculture and Ann Coulter is our Angela Davis)
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To: joebuck
Go to post 33 and check it out. Menorah is already made.
41 posted on 07/19/2007 7:02:08 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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42 posted on 07/19/2007 7:30:24 PM PDT by Salem (What can men do against such reckless hate? ... Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them!)
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To: The Fop

Love it. Well put.

But seems to me that the Nation of Israel only wakes up to their true Messiah

when the counterfeit—the Anti-Christ sets up his image in the Holy of Holies . . . and then the Israeli’s start running and he starts slaughtering them right and left from the Temple Courtyard outward.

Thankfully, God is still their Champion and will show Himself so.


43 posted on 07/19/2007 7:40:20 PM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Salem

OMG I wouldn’t be fly on that wall see Titus check out Israeli community at that time LOL!


44 posted on 07/19/2007 8:16:51 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NathanR

No, the Septuagint (sometimes abbreviated as LXX) was the commissioned translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek which, after the Alexander period was the predominant language of Judea during the last couple of centuries before the birth of Christ. The name is derived from the Greek number for seventy - representing the 70 scholars that performed the translation.


45 posted on 07/19/2007 8:28:08 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: joebuck
. . . have successfully bred a pure red cow . . .

What's Janet Reno up to these days, anyway?

46 posted on 07/19/2007 8:35:18 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Salem

I’d bet they’re in the Vatican archives.


47 posted on 07/19/2007 9:29:24 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: 359Henrie

The sooner they demolish the Dome of the Rock that is littering the Temple Mount the better. But that would lead to the end of the world I think.


48 posted on 07/19/2007 11:30:15 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: onedoug
Highly unlikely. The actual Menorah was transported to Constantinople. There are credible reports of it being displayed as late as the 12th century by the Eastern Roman (i.e. "Byzantine") Empire. It vanishes around the time that Crusaders sack the city. So it probably got burned down for its gold sometime around then.

Most of the rest of the Temple treasures were probably looted and burned by the Germanic tribes that sacked Rome repeatedly.

One thing to keep in mind: if the Vatican actually had any of these treasures, don't you think they would have displayed them sometime before it became politically incorrect to do so? Wouldn't their be Churches dedicated to relics from the Temple? Wouldn't the Pope parade the Menorah around to celebrate his belief that the Church is the "true" Israel? The fact that there's no record of any of this happening suggests that the Vatican ain't got squat.

49 posted on 07/19/2007 11:57:03 PM PDT by ChicagoHebrew (Hell exists, it is real. It's a quiet green meadow populated entirely by Arab goat herders.)
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To: Squidpup; BMC1; fish hawk; small voice in the wilderness; Quix
This article is one huge heaping turd of misinformation. This wasn't the first "large-scale gathering" of Cohanim (Priests) and Leviim. Every Festival, hundreds of Cohanim perform the Priestly blessing together at the Western Wall. And every MORNING of EVERY DAY, Cohanim recite the Priestly blessing during morning services in most synagogues in the world.

Also, "the reinstitution of Israel's priestly caste" isn't a " relatively simple endeavor." There's no "reinstitution" because Israel's priestly caste (the Cohanim) never vanished -- they have an unbroken line of tradition supported by recent genetic evidence going back thousands of years, and still have an active role in the day-to-day lives of Orthodox Jews.

Finally, to the chagrin of Orthodox Jews, while the genetic signature appears consistently on Cohanim and Sephardi and Mizrahi Leviim, it is not found on "all members of the Tribe of Levi" as the term is understood today -- Ashkenazi Leviim do not have the gene with any consistency.

50 posted on 07/20/2007 12:06:59 AM PDT by ChicagoHebrew (Hell exists, it is real. It's a quiet green meadow populated entirely by Arab goat herders.)
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