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Gods in Dwellings: Temples and Divine Presence in the Ancient Near East
Hundley, Michael B.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. xxvi + 425. $58.95

Series Information
Writings from the Ancient World Supplement Series, 3

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Description: In this book devoted exclusively to temples and perceptions of the divine presences that inhabit them, Michael B. Hundley focuses on the official religions of the ancient Near East and explores the interface between the human and the divine within temple environs. Hundley identifies common ancient Near Eastern temple systems and examines issues that include: what temple structures communicate, how temples were understood to function, temple ideology, the installation of divine presence in a temple, the connection between presence and physical representation, and human service to the deity. Drawing on architectural and spatial theory, ritual theory, theories of language, art history, archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and comparative studies, Hundley offers a single interpretive lens through which to view temple worship.

Subjects: Bible, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches

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Review by Paul Sanders
Published 9/14/2015
Citation: Paul Sanders, review of Michael B. Hundley, Gods in Dwellings: Temples and Divine Presence in the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Pekka Pitkanen
Published 9/14/2015
Citation: Pekka Pitkanen, review of Michael B. Hundley, Gods in Dwellings: Temples and Divine Presence in the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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