Israelis Come to See Red Heifer and Discuss the TempleOfficials say the return of the red heifer will attract many Jews and Christians eager to witness the fulfillment of prophecy.
By Ryan Jones | Jul 16, 2023 at 10:05 am | Topics: Third Temple
Again the biblical red heifer is in the news, sparking renewed discussion about a future Third Temple in Jerusalem.
Hundreds of Israelis reportedly visited the Jewish settlement of Shiloh in central Samaria last week to welcome the first of three pure red heifers to arrive from the United States. Shiloh was the first biblical capital of Israel and the place where the Tabernacle stood for hundreds of years before King David moved it to Jerusalem.
The three red heifers will be housed at the Ancient Shiloh heritage site and a center will open there dedicated to researching the phenomenon. The heifers will be kept in a fenced-off area, and visitors will not be able to touch the animals.
The mysterious red heifer, or Parah Adumah, is first mentioned in the Book of Numbers, when God instructs Moses and Aaron to take “a perfectly red unblemished cow, upon which no yoke was laid.” The ashes of a red heifer are necessary for purification prior to conducting biblical sacrificial ceremonies.