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The Building of the First Temple: A Study in Redactional, Text-Critical and Historical Perspective
Dubovsky, Peter

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xvii + 264. Ä94.00

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Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 103


Description: What can we say about 1 Kings 6-8 that attributes the construction of the temple in its full glory to Solomon? Peter Dubovsky approaches these texts from the diachronic point of view by investigating evidence gathered from the ancient Near East demonstrating that temples were often changed. He analyzes biblical texts indicating that the first temple underwent some important changes. This result leads to the final step of his investigation: he offers a minimalist version of a chronological development of the first temple and ventures to offer a more nuanced model. This conclusion, on the one hand, should be ultimately confronted with the results of archaeological excavation once they become available; on the other hand, this study can point to some nuances that only a text can preserve and no archaeologist can ever unearth.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, History of Religions, Archaeology

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Review by Ziony Zevit
Published 12/13/2018
Citation: Ziony Zevit, review of Peter Dubovsky, The Building of the First Temple: A Study in Redactional, Text-Critical and Historical Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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