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Pagan temple
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A sacred space devoted to the worship of the deity or deities thought to reside there. Part of ancient Near Eastern culture and civilization. Served as a contact point between humanity and divinity. Often representative of a hill associated with creation and the triumph of order over chaos.
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Temples in the Ancient Near East
Temples in the Ancient Near East A sacred space devoted to the worship of the deity or deities thought to reside there. Part of ancient Near Eastern culture and civilization. Served as a contact point between humanity and divinity. Often representative of a hill associated with creation and the triumph
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Pagan Sanctuaries: Christianized
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Pagan Sanctuaries: Christianized (Athens)
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