The Temple Institute: A Day in the Life of the Holy Temple: The other three chambers were: The Chamber of Seals

The other three chambers were: The Chamber of Seals

Located in the northeast corner of the Place of the Fire, this was the office of Yochanan ben Pinchas, administrator of the seals. An individual who sought to bring a libation to the Temple would come here and pay for his libation, and receive a "seal" from Yochanan. This seal was a note which constituted proof of purchase; one would bring this note to Achya, administrator of the libations, and receive his needs. The amounts of oil, fine flour and wine which accompanied the various peace offerings and burnt offerings, differed for each sacrifice. This system was devised in order make it easier for those who came to the Temple to offer sacrifices: people could procure pure ingredients within the Temple, rather than bringing their own wine, etc., from home and taking the risk of it becoming defiled along the way.

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