Contextualizing Jewish Temples


Jewish temples stood in Jerusalem for nearly one thousand years and were a dominant feature in the life of the ancient Judeans throughout antiquity. This volume strives to obtain a diachronic and topical cross-section of central features of the varied aspects of the Jewish temples that stood in Jerusalem, one that draws on and incorporates different disciplinary and methodological viewpoints. Ten contributions are included in this volume by: Gary A. Anderson; Simeon Chavel; Avraham Faust; Paul M. Joyce; Yuval Levavi; Risa Levitt; Eyal Regev; Lawrence H. Schiffman; Jeffrey Stackert; Caroline Waerzeggers, edited by Tova Ganzel and Shalom E. Holtz.

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Tova Ganzel, PhD (2005), Bar-Ilan University Israel, is Senior Lecturer at the Multidisciplinary Department of Jewish Studies at the University. She has published numerous articles on prophetic literature, including a monograph in Hebrew and recently in English: Ezekiel: From Destruction to Restoration.

Shalom E. Holtz, PhD (2006), University of Pennsylvania, is Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University. He has published numerous articles and studies of cuneiform legal texts and their connections to biblical law. His most recent book is Praying Legally (Brown Judaic Studies, 2019).

List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction
Tova Ganzel and Shalom E. Holtz

2 The Sacred Bureaucracy of Neo-Babylonian Temples
Yuval Levavi

3 Priestly Courses and the Administration of Time in Neo-Babylonian Temples
Caroline Waerzeggers

4 The Priestly Sabbath and the Calendar: between Literature and Material Culture
Jeffrey Stackert

5 Between the House of the Father and the House of the Lord: Privacy and Purity in the Israelite Dwelling and the Israelite Temple
Avraham Faust

6 Literary Artistry and Divine Presence
Gary A. Anderson

7 Yahweh Become a Temple? MT Ezekiel 11:16 מִקְדָּ֣שׁ מְעַ֔ט Revisited
Simeon Chavel

8 On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Heavenly and Earthly Temple in Ezekiel 40–48
Paul M. Joyce

9 The Temple Scroll and Mishnah Middot: a Literary Comparison
Lawrence H. Schiffman

10 Why Did the Early Christians Care about the Temple after 70 CE? The Case of the Gospel of Matthew
Eyal Regev

11 Divine Presence in the Absence of the Temple
Risa Levitt

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Subjects
The primary audiences of the book are specialists in the history, literature, and thought of the biblical and post-biblical periods, including Biblical scholars, Assyriologists, archeologists and historians.
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