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From Temple to Tent: From Real to Virtual World (Exodus 24:15ĖNumbers 10:28)
Hart, Sarah

Hindmarsh, Australia: ATF, 2019 pp. xv + 195. $29.99

Description: The principal interest of the text on the tabernacle tent, Exodus 24:15 - Numbers 10:28, is Israelite worship-cultic place, the cultic people, and laws for the regulation of cultic life. The method followed is description of the biblical text and collation of the evidence as would a classicist go about classifying an ancient Greek Vase. The findings reveal a virtual world of Israelite cult. The transportable tabernacle tent with its courtyard and altar resembles a temple in its complexity. Through words the reader is invited into the atmosphere of the tabernacle tent where all the senses are evoked. The beautifully embellished fore-room of the tent illuminated by the light of the lamp-stand is seen, the waft of incense smelt, the atmosphere of fear or attraction that emanates from the epicentre of holiness felt. The tabernacle tent is constructed of words, not of stones. It is indestructible and does not succumb to the vagaries of time, as pristine today as it was over 2,500 years ago when it was first created.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology, Literary Approaches

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Review by Michael Homan
Published 6/4/2020
Citation: Michael Homan, review of Sarah Hart, From Temple to Tent: From Real to Virtual World (Exodus 24:15ĖNumbers 10:28), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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