Monday, February 18, 2019

The Jewish temple at Leontopolis

THE ANXIOUS BENCH: The Forgotten Temple (Philip Jenkins). Not forgotten, of course, by PaleoJudaica and its readers.
It is intrinsically likely that Leontopolis should have been a prime creative center. As I said, it had the skilled literate people on staff and in the neighborhood, and moreover it was close to Alexandria. Can any of the texts we know have come from there?
Some fun speculation follows. Add to it Gideon Bohak's proposal that Joseph and Aseneth is connected with the priesthood of the Leontopolitan temple (mentioned here).

Some other past posts on the Jewish temple at Leontopolis in Egypt are here and here.

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