We have traced also the generalization of religion among the Babylonians, Jews, and other Semitic peoples, from the dark worship in temples and consecrated places of some local or tribal god to the open service of one universal God of Righteousness, whose temple is the whole world.
In Egypt the temples or Pharaoh-the-god or the nobles under Pharaoh were the owners and rent receivers.
The temples were not only observatories and libraries and clinics, they were museums and treasure-houses.
In those times a temple was a more reliable landlord than an individual alien, and the poorer peasants readily became temple tenants; this increased their inclination towards Buddhism.
And this temple, because it had records and secrets, because it was a centre of power, advice, and instruction, because it sought and attracted imaginative and clever people for its service, naturally became a kind of brain in the growing community.
The Temple, to quote its own words, is “An institution for strong men and women who can labor with both mind and body.”
Whatever issues I had about how cooped up we were behind the Wall or how purist the teachings of Sect had become, the Temple was my home.
26:042:008 For the length of the chambers that were in the utter court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were an hundred cubits.
The Temple was an army base, before the Rupture, but now it was the stomping ground of the Sect Clerics and their Disciples.
—You pray to a local and obscure idol: our temples, majestic and mysterious, are the abodes of Isis and Osiris, of Horus and Ammon Ra.