The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah

In Honor of Professor Louis H. Feldman


Editor: Steven Fine
The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah brings together an interdisciplinary and broad-ranging international community of scholars to discuss aspects of the history and continued life of the Jerusalem Temple in Western culture, from biblical times to the present. This volume is the fruit of the inaugural conference of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, which convened in New York City on May 11-12, 2008 and honors Professor Louis H. Feldman, Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University. Feldman is the doyen of modern scholarship on Judaism in the Greco-Roman period, focusing on the writings of Flavius Josephus. A beloved mentor to generations of Yeshiva University students and of scholars across the globe, Professor Feldman has taught at YU since 1955. "The articles are consistently of high quality. This book is highly recommended for any academic collection in Jewish studies." Jim Rosenbloom, Judaica Librarian, Brandeis University; President, Association of Jewish Libraries
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Biographical Note

Steven Fine is Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he focuses upon interrelationships between the literature of ancient Judaism, art and archaeology. Dr. Fine holds a doctorate in Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA in art history from the University of Southern California and a BA in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of contents

Words of Celebration Richard M. Joel, Yeshiva University 1. The Inauguration of the Tabernacle Service at Sinai Gary A. Anderson, University of Notre Dame 2. God as Refuge and Temple as Refuge in the Psalms Shalom Holtz, Yeshiva University 3. “See, I Have Called by the Renowned Name of Bezalel, Son of Uri…”: Josephus on the Biblical “Architect.” Steven Fine, Yeshiva University 4. The Temple Scroll: A Utopian Temple Plan from Second Temple Times Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University 5. From Toleration to Destruction: Roman Policy and the Jewish Temple Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev, Ben Gurion University 6. Notes on the Virtual Reconstruction of the Herodian Period Temple and Courtyards Joshua Schwartz and Yehoshua Peleg, Bar Ilan University 7. Envisioning the Sanctuaries of Israel —The Academic and Creative Process of Archaeological Model Making Leen Ritmeyer, Trinity Southwest University 8. Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction: The Temple in Pesiqta Rabbati Rivka Ulmer, Bucknell University 9. The Mosaic Tabernacle as the Only Legitimate Sanctuary: The Biblical Tabernacle in Samaritanism Reinhardt Pummer, University of Ottawa 10. Why Is There No Zoroastrian Central Temple?: A Thought Experiment Yaakov Elman, Yeshiva University 11. Rival Claims: Christians, Muslims and the Jerusalem Holy Places Frank E. Peters, New York University 12. Imagining the Temple in Late Medieval Spanish Altarpieces Vivian B. Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary of America 13. Images of the Temple in Sefer ha-Bahir Jonathan Dauber, Yeshiva University 14. Interpreting “the Resting of the Shekhinah”: Exegetical Implications of the Theological Debate among Maimonides, Nahmanides and Sefer ha-Hinnukh Mordechai Z. Cohen, Yeshiva University 15. Remembering the Temple: Commemoration and Catastrophe in Ashkenazi Culture Jacob J. Schacter, Yeshiva University 16. The Temple of Jerusalem from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment Matt Goldish, Ohio State University 17. “Jerusalem Rebuilt”: The Temple in the Fin-de-siècle Zionist Imagination Jess Olson, Yeshiva University 18. Avi Yonah’s Model of Second Temple Jerusalem and the Development of Israeli Visual Culture Maya Balakirsky Katz, Touro College 19. Jerusalem during the First and Second Temple Periods: Recent Excavations and Discoveries On and Near the Temple Mount Ann Killebrew, Pennsylvania State University 20. Digging the Temple Mount: Archaeology and the Arab-Israeli Conflict from the British Mandate to the Present Robert O. Freedman, Johns Hopkins University