My third Sunday School is online now. The series is as much about the temple as “heaven,” but that was the secret point all along. I think this installment has the most stuff all in one place, though I may have said one or two things that are a bit off. I always catch stuff after it is enshrined for all the world to see. Oh well.
Of Josephus’ description of the High Priest’s garments, Crispin Fletcher-Louis asks, “Why is the sash likened to a serpent and does this have anything to do with the Leviathan?”
A little later he writes, “[T]here should be no doubt that the high priest wears a vanquished Leviathan: the sash hanging at his side evokes the image of the limp and defeated serpent in the hand of its conqueror.”