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Architecture and Utopia in the Temple Era by Michael Chyutin

Architecture and Utopia in the Temple Era

Part of the The Library of Second Temple Studies Series


Architecture and Utopia in the Temple Era by Michael Chyutin

This book proposes a new reconstruction of the Temple, which differs from conventional descriptions in Jewish literary sources during the First and Second Temple eras. Individual descriptions of the Temple are examined independently and the influence of earlier descriptions on subsequent ones is considered. Detailed architectural diagrams and three-dimensional models accompany the different reconstructions of the temple. Michael Chyutin examines the descriptions of the Meeting-Tent Tabernacle Temple, the descriptions of Solomon's Temple according to 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles , descriptions of Ezekiel's temple and its courtyards, the Temple and courtyards described in the Temple Scroll, the Second Temple according to Josephus Flavius and other sources, and the Temple as described in the Midoth Tractate. Descriptions of regional planning and the Temple City according to Ezekiel and the New Jerusalem Scroll are also examined. The final chapter examines architectural characteristics common to all of the descriptions, with the aim of identifying a unique architectural theory.


'[A]n important contribution to the temple debate. It could well become a standard source of references for this complicated area.' - - Margaret Barker, former President of the Society for Old Testament Study and author of The Great High Priest and The Revelation of Jesus Christ.'

About the Author

Michael Chyutin is an architect and scholar of the Hebrew Bible and DSS. He is the author of The New Jerusalem Scroll from Qumran and The Role of the Solar and Lunar Calendars in the Redaction of the Psalms.

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Publication date

20th April 2006


Michael Chyutin

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


304 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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