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"The book is strengthened by Lundquist's referencing of a wide variety of ancient primary sources, his placing of archaeology and meaning in clear historical context, and his presentation of the issues and conflicts surrounding the Temple as well as of its current political, secular, and religious meaning….A well-researched and carefully presented work; highly recommended for academic, seminary, and public libraries."
"In this exhaustive and fascinating work, Lundquist, the chief librarian of the New York Public Library's Asian and Middle Eastern Division, discusses the Temple's history and meaning for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The final chapters focus on the Temple as the crux of political-religious conflict, based on literal interpretations of the Bible and the Quran, and its place in apocalyptic ideas in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A good purchase for university and larger public libraries."
"Readers who have great interest in the ancient Near East will probably gain the most from this book. As someone who is interested in this area of study, I found the book engaging and well researched."