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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Partition, Middle Wall of

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(μεσότοιχον τοῦ φραγμοῦ ), an expression used by Paul to designate the Mosaic law as the dividing line between Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14). Commentators are not exactly a greed as to the special point of the comparison, whether to the חֵיל, or sacred fence of stone pillars erected in the Temple to warn off all non-Jews (Josephas, ἑρκίον λιθίνου δρυφάκτου, Ant. 15:11, 5), or the inner veil of the Most Holy Place (1 Kings 6:21, עַבֵּר, "he made a partition"), which was rent at the crucifixion (Matthew 27:51; comp. Hebrews 10:20). (See TEMPLE).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Partition, Middle Wall of'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/partition-middle-wall-of.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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