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New Jerusalem

Christianity
heaven regarded as the prototype of the earthly Jerusalem; the heavenly city
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New Jerusalem

new paradise; dwelling of God among men. [N.T.: Revelation 21:2]
See: Heaven
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Paul, despite his Rabbinic training in the city, now sees Jerusalem as being "in slavery with her children" and urges converts to focus their attention instead on the "Jerusalem above" (Galatians 4:25-26).
The spiritualization of "Jerusalem" is found already in the New Testament: Paul in Galatians 4:25-26 regards the metropolis of the Church as being, not the "present Jerusalem" which is "in slavery with her children," but the "Jerusalem above" which is free.
So strong were these two notions that in simple people's minds in the Middle Ages to travel to Jerusalem on earth seemed little different from traveling to Jerusalem above, the heavenly Jerusalem or City of God itself.
Although Nebuchadnezzar had laid waste to the Holy Temple, its holiness remained and it was then that the Jewish exiles swore: "if I forget you Jerusalem, may I forget my right hand and may my tongue adhere to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember, if I do not hold Jerusalem above my greatest joy." Generations of Jews have kept this vow to the present day.
In earlier Christian tradition the Jerusalem above was the "mother of believers," but for the Judean monks the church of the earthly Jerusalem is the "mother of the churches." By the sixth century the Christian monks of Jerusalem and the Judean desert had created a new spiritual and political fact within the Christian world.
Every Jew cited the Psalmist: "If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem, let my right hand forget, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember thee not, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy" (Psalm 137:5-6).