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- noun See
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- noun See
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- noun An
elementof ancient Greektheater.
- noun Alternative form of
skean. (a kind of dagger)
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In this case, in John 2:19-22, the interpretation of Amos 9:11-12 is this: 1. The Lord doing these things is Jesus and he is, as such, a pre-existent divine being “known from the ages” 2. The skene (tent/tabernacle) of David is the naos (temple) and this, in turn, is the body of Jesus 3. It is fallen in the sense that it has been “destroyed”, i.e., slain, by the Jews.
That is to say, the Word, a pre-existent divine being, became incarnate in the skene tent/tabernacle of David, i.e., in a fleshly body.
What these two considerations suggest is that the primary scriptural passage upon which the “word” of Jesus is based regards not the raising of a naos (sanctuary) but, rather, the rebuilding of a skene (tent/tabernacle).
The underlying thought appears to be that Jesus is a pre-existing divine being who became incarnate in the skene tent/tabernacle of David, i.e., in a fleshly body.
So, in John 2:19-22, we appear to have this interpretation of Amos 9:11: 1. The “I” is Jesus as the pre-existent Logos 2. The skene tent/tabernacle is the body of Jesus 3. It is fallen in the sense that it has been slain by the Jews 4. It will be rebuilt in the sense that it will be restored to life—being, thereby, raised up from the dead—by Jesus as the Logos.
But in the dead of night, who should come in but James Desmond, sword in hand, with a dozen of his ruffians at his heels, each with his glib over his ugly face, and his skene in his hand.
An hour had passed, when another Englishman was standing by the wailing girl, and round him a dozen shockheaded kernes, skene on thigh and javelin in hand, were tossing about their tawny rags, and adding their lamentations to those of the lonely watcher.
Not a few people kept on eye on me as I made my way toward the skene.
For that matter, I thought, if the skene had not been padlocked, anyone offended by Nicias could have entered to take and return the sword.
From the middle double doorway of the skene, a group of fifteen men, dressed in long blue chitons with black stripes running from the shoulders to the hems of the flowing robes, emerged, swaying and walking slowly to the great circle below us.
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