Abstract

In an article published in Tyndale Bulletin in 1993, the eminent Cambridge scholar Ernst Bammel offered the following bare assertion in regard to John 14:2: "The house with the many mansions is, of course, the temple." This stands against the tide of scholarly opinion on the text, which identifies "my Father's house" as heaven. On this understanding, Jesus promises to return to heaven in order to prepare rooms that will serve as the final heavenly abode of his followers. However, several lines of evidence suggest that Bammel's intuition that the text was speaking about the Temple was correct. What follows then is an attempt to show that John 14:2–3 refers to a heavenly Temple that Jesus makes ready through his death and resurrection to serve as the eternal dwelling of his followers in the presence of God.

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