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Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar
Day, John, editor

London: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. xviii + 559. $49.95

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 422


Description: This major work examines the subject of Temple and Worship in biblical Israel, ranging from their ancient Near Eastern and archaeological background, through the Old Testament and Late Second Temple Judaism, and up to the New Testament. It is the product of an international team of twenty-three noted scholars. Special attention is paid to such subjects as the ideology of temples and the evidence for high places in Israel and the Canaanite world; the architecture and symbolism of Solomon's Temple; the attitude of various parts of the Old Testament to the Temple and cult, including that of several prophets; the light shed on Temple worship by the Psalms; the role and fate of the Ark of the Covenant; and the Day of Atonement. It also examines attitudes to the Temple in the Septuagint, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, first-century Judaism, and the New Testament.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Aren M. Maeir
Published 1/24/2009
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of John Day, ed., Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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