In the early Achaemenid Persian period, the Jews returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple of Yahweh. This volume investigates issues surrounding the rebuilding of this temple, focusing on the timing and purpose of the project, and the social and political circumstances in which it was undertaken.
The study reflects on certain passages from the Old Testament, such as Ezra 1-6, Haggai, and Zechariah 1-8; early Achaemenid Persian administrative practices; and Judean hopes for restoration in order to question the contention that the Jerusalem temple was established as an economic and administrative centre around which competing groups struggled for socio-economic and political power.
Peter Ross Bedford, Ph.D. (1992) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and History, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.
'Temple Restoration in Early Achaemenid Judah
is to be commended for its thorough review of the evidence…one is certain to encounter new insights and perspectives that will enrich one's thinking and develop further understanding of the topic and the related issues.' Bruce A. Power,
Journal of Biblical Literature, 2003. '
This comprehensive study is a most valuable addition to scholarly debate…' Janet E. Tollington,
Journal of Theological Studies, 2002.
The book provides interesting study material for scholars and students of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the history of Israel, early Second Temple Judaism, and the Achaemenid Persian Empire.