Solomon's Temple: Myth and History

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The only up-to-date illustrated account of one of the most intriguing and influential buildings in history.

The Temple of Solomon has been the focus of profound spiritual reverence for over three thousand years. From its Bronze Age antecedents in the portable shrines of nomadic tribes, through countless permutations in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the idea of the Temple...
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Overview

The only up-to-date illustrated account of one of the most intriguing and influential buildings in history.

The Temple of Solomon has been the focus of profound spiritual reverence for over three thousand years. From its Bronze Age antecedents in the portable shrines of nomadic tribes, through countless permutations in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the idea of the Temple of Solomon—a place of communion between God and man—has proven endlessly alluring.

The sacred building itself was destroyed more than once, on the last occasion by the Romans in AD 70, yet the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the headquarters of the Templars, and numerous medieval cathedrals were all conceived as symbolic re-creations of Solomon's original. Medieval magicians practiced magic to harness the demons who were believed to have constructed the Temple, and mystics of all faiths had visions of a celestial Temple, mirroring that on earth, where divine secrets would be revealed.

Solomon's Temple draws on holy texts and mystic writings, works of art and architecture, modern reconstructions, and photographs to reveal the myriad ways in which the Temple and the sacred ground on which it stood have inspired mankind through the ages. 200 illustrations, 130 in color.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500251331
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/11/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,224,441
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William Hamblin is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University. His most recent book is Warfare in the Ancient Near East. David Seely is Professor of Religion at Brigham Young University. He is a member of the international team of editors that published the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Israelite Temples     9
Temple Traditions in Judaism     51
The Christian Temple     91
Islam and the Temple of Solomon     131
Modern Conceptions of Solomon's Temple     165
Conclusion     204
Glossary     206
Maps     208
Timeline     210
Notes     211
Selected Bibliography     219
Photo Credits     220
Index     221
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