New Jerusalem


Frag. 1 Col. 1

[…]he[1] measured 35 stadia[2] from north to the southern corner and named the gate the gate of Simeon.[3]
[From this gate he measured 35 stadia to] the middle gate which was called the gate of Levi.
From this gate he measured 35 stadia to the south which was called the gate of Judah.
From this gate he measured to the [southeastern] corner and then westwards 35 stadia and called this gate the gate of Joseph.
[He measured] 24 stadia from here to the middle and called the gate the gate of Benjamin.
From here he measure 24 stadia to the [third] gate and called it the gate of Reuben.
From here [to the western corner he measured 24 stadia] and then Col. 2 [northwards] 35 stadia and called this gate the gate of Issachar.
He measured 24 statia from this gate to the middle and named it the gate of Zebulun.
From here he measured 24 stadia to the third gate and called this gate the gate of Gad.
From here he measured to the northern corner 35 stadia and then eastwards 35 stadia calling this gate the gate of Dan.
He measured from here to the middle 24 stadia and called this gate the gate of Naphtali.
From here he to the third gate 24 stadia and called this gate the gate of Asher.
He measured from here to the eastern corner 24 stadia.
Then[4] he took me into the city to measure all the city blocks. He measured the length and width of the blocks to be a 51 x 51 rod[5] square [4Q554 + 5Q15, Frag. 1 col. I] (357 cu. on each side). The portico of the street measured 3 rods (21 cu.[6]). He showed me all the measurements of all the blocks. Each street between the blocks measuring 6 rods in width (42 cu.). Two main streets running East to West measured 10 rods (70 cu.) in width with the third street (which runs by the left of the temple) measuring 18 (126 cu.). The two streets running South to North measured 9 rods, 4 cu. in width (67 cu.) with the main one in the middle he measured at 13 rods, 1 cu. (92 cu.). All the city streets are paved of white stone, alabaster and onyx.[7] [vacat]
The […][8] eighty posterns were then measured: each 2 rods (14 cu.) with stone jambs measuring 1 rod (7 cu.). He showed me the dimension of the twelve [gates]. Their doors’ widths were 3 rods (21 cu.). Each door had two jambs measuring 1½ rods (10½ cu.). On either side of each of the doors were towers. Their height and width were 5 rods by 5 (35 cu.). A staircase runs by the inner door, going up to the height of the towers being 5 cu. wide. The towers and the staircases are each 5 rods, 5 cu. square (40 cu. on each side of the door)[….] He showed me that the porches of the blocks were 2 rods (14 cu.) in width, and the width of the […] measured in cubits. He measured the top of each threshold with its jambs, measuring inside 13 (length) by 10 cu. (width). He then led me inside the vestibule where there was another threshold and door on the right side of the inner wall. The wall was proportional to the outer gate, and measured 4 cu. wide by 7 cu. high. He measured the door to the room, measuring 1 rod in width. Col. II (7 cu.). The length of the entrance was 2 rods (14 cu.), with a height of 2 rods (14 cu.). The corresponding door had the same dimensions as they left the room. To the left he showed me a stairwell that goes around and up, with identical dimensions, 2 rods by 2 (14 cu.). The doors opposite are the same size. A pillar stands in the middle of the staircase that goes up and around [9] which measures 6 by 6 cu. [5Q15 + 4Q555] The staircase, which goes up beside it, measures 4 cu. wide and ascends 2 rods up to [….]
He brought me to the interior of the city block and showed me the houses between the gates, fifteen in all. Eight went one direction to the corner gate and seven in another direction to the other gate. The houses were 3 rods (21 cu.) long by 2 rods (14 cu.) wide. They all have the same floor plan, and they are each 2 rods (14 cu.) high. Each has a 2 rod (14 cubit) door in the middle of the house. He measured the interiors of the houses[… ? An interior feature was ?…] 4 cu. in length and 1 rod (7 cu.) high. The site has 19 cu. long and 12 wide. The house has 22 beds, and eleven lattice windows above […]. On the side was an outer gutter[…] the window, 2 cu. high […] thickness and width of the wall […] the platform, 19 cu. wide [and 12] cu. wide. […] their height […] 2 rods (14 cu.) [… a width] of 3 cu. and a length of 10 [cu….] 1½ cu.[…][10]


Frag. 2 Col. 2

[…]its foundation. It was 2 rods (14 cu.) wide and 7 (49 cu.) high. All of it built of electrum and sapphire and chalcedony with beams of gold. It had 1432 towers whose length equaled their width and with heights of 10 rods (70 cu.).

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