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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature

Pinnacle

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In the account of our Lord's temptation (), it is stated that the devil took him to Jerusalem, 'and set him on a pinnacle of the temple.' The part of the temple denoted by this term has been much questioned by different commentators, and the only certain conclusion seems to be that it cannot be understood in the sense usually attached to the word, i.e. the point of a spiral ornament. Grotius, Hammond, Doddridge, and others, take it in the sense of balustrade or pinnated battlement. But it is now more generally supposed to denote what was called the king's portico, which is mentioned by Josephus (Antiq. xv. 11. 5), and is the same which is called in Scripture 'Solomon's porch.'

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Pinnacle'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/p/pinnacle.html.

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