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Gottes himmlische Wohnstatt: Transformationen im Verhältnis von Gott und Himmel in tempeltheologischen Entwürfen des Alten Testaments in der Exilszeit
Koch, Christoph

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xiv + 272. $153.00

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Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 119


Description: Published in German. The question of where God abides found various answers in the Old Testament, and it was not until relatively late that this was localized to the heavens. Where and when did this idea first occur and in which religio-historical context? How does God's dwelling in heaven relate to other ideas, such as his throne in the temple? And what were the reasons for this change in thinking? Christoph Koch analyses conceptions of Old Testament temple theology from the Assyrian and Babylonian eras and identifies a profound change during the exile in Babylon. However, this is not to be understood as either just a reaction to the temple's destruction, nor as a unilinear progression from temple to heaven, for instance. Rather, there is a great continuity between the younger and older versions, and the explication of the heavenly abode is to be seen together with shifts in how the world was perceived in the ancient Orient.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Prophetic Literature, Writings, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel, Literary Approaches

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Review by Martin Leuenberger
Published 12/20/2019
Citation: Martin Leuenberger, review of Christoph Koch, Gottes himmlische Wohnstatt: Transformationen im Verhältnis von Gott und Himmel in tempeltheologischen Entwürfen des Alten Testaments in der Exilszeit, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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