Temple in Antiquity
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The answer to “What is a temple?” is partially the answer to “What was the temple?” Here a distinguished array of scholars test this theme. This collection of essays—which grew out of a BYU symposium of experts—presents recent findings on the temple in antiquity: historical, linguistic, and archaeological data which bear on the idea of the temple in Israelite, Jewish, and Christian traditions. The book includes an expansive introduction to temple traditions and a bibliography for further clarification and comparison.
The symposium which was the stimulus of these essays was held at Brigham Young University in March of 1981. Three papers have been added to the symposium presentations:
(1) Hugh Nibley’s essay “What Is a Temple?” -- He has added to it an updated semiautobiographical essay of reflections on world ritual and temple. The second paper is more than a supplement to his own work; it provides an overview in a multicultural perspective of the other specialized papers of the series. Hence these two essays are placed first in this volume.
(2) An outstanding paper by Carol Meyers focusing on the pillars of the ancient Temple of Solomon.
3) A typological study of temples in the Near East by John M. Lundquist -- A précis of his doctoral thesis, it combines recent scholarship on temples with relevant archaeological findings in the Middle East.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Madsen, Truman G., "Temple in Antiquity" (2016). WordCruncher. 8.
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