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Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel by John Day


Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel by John Day

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.This important work is the product of an impressive array of twenty-three noted scholars. The contributors include John Barton, H.G.M. Williamson, John Day, Susan Gillingham, John Jarick, C.T.R. Hayward, Michael Knibb, George Brooke, Martin Goodman, Christopher Rowland and Larry Kreitzer.


The essays, expanded versions of lectures delivered to the Oxford Old Testament Seminar between 2001 and 2003, are of exceptionally high quality. The collection is a must for theological libraries. - Richard J. Clifford, 68, 2006 Catholic Biblical Quarterly

About the Author

Dr John Day is Professor in Biblical Studies in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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Publication date

23rd August 2007


John Day

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


592 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis

Ancient history: to c 500 CE



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