The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God's Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation  -     By: J. Daniel Hays
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The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God's Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation

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From Genesis to Revelation, God dwelt in specific, significant sites---including the tabernacle and the temple. More than just places of worship and sacrifice, these structures were pictures of God's relationship with his people and the atoning work of Christ. Daniel Hays's theologically rich resource brings "God's house" to life with the latest scholarship and archaeology.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801016207
ISBN-13: 9780801016202

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Grasp the Majesty, Beauty, and Significance of God's Dwelling Places

At various points in Israel's history, God dwelt in specific, significant places, most notably in the tabernacle and the temple. These structures, meticulously planned, extravagantly furnished, and regularly frequented by the devout, were more than just places of worship and sacrifice. They were pictures of God's relationship with his chosen people and of the atoning work that would be done by the Messiah. To understand the tabernacle and the temple, then, is to understand how we are brought into God's family through the sacrifice of his only Son, Jesus.

Visually stunning and theologically rich, this full-color resource brings together the latest scholarship and archeological discoveries to bring God's dwelling places alive for modern believers. It places these important structures in their historical and theological contexts, connects them with the overall biblical story, and shows how they bring meaning and depth to the faith of Christians today.

Author Bio

J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word and The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Its All in the Details
    September 4, 2016
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    The details of any subject are so valuable and that pretty much sums up the entire explanation of the latest book on God's dwellings. I think this is completely new and different than any other book. This subject is explained some throughout many books and this one gives so many interesting points of information. I loved how Hays not only gave so much information about the locations but also his interpretations on its relevance in our time. Believing that God was once on this planet walking around like all of us is mind blowing in itself but having The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God's Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation by J. Daniel Hays sharing all the information. This one book is a great source for all Christians wanting to have more information on God's time here. I received a copy for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
  2. Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Resource on the Temple/Tabernacle
    August 19, 2016
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Both the wilderness Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple are key themes for understanding the Bible. For instance, they were central to Israelite worship, the actual dwelling place of God, and the literal center of Jewish society. Hays has written a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about God's presence throughout Scripture, especially worship leaders and pastors. With a better understanding of the significance of the Tabernacle/Temple in Jewish culture, we can better appreciate one major distinction between Christianity and all other religions: God is present, not absent.

    Hays tracks the presence of God as written in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. He asserts that the Garden of Eden was the first "Temple," in which God dwelt with Adam and Eve. He outlines God's presence from the Garden to the wilderness Tabernacle, Solomon's Temple to the Babylonian exile. Hays argues that the author of 1 and 2 Kings subtly hints of Solomon's downfall throughout the books. It is a curious and convincing argument, but some may not be convinced. He also describes the significance of the Temple in the book of Ezekiel, culminating with God's presence leaving the Temple and staying silent for 600 years, which is very helpful. Hays then concludes with Jesus being God's presence dwelling among us who also ushers in the Holy Spirit as a promise that God will never leave us nor forsake us.

    There are a few things I found most helpful in this book. First, the full color pictures are very helpful in trying to conceptualize. God gave Moses detailed directions on how to build the Tabernacle, but for people who lack a creative mind and need visual aids (like myself), it is helpful to have reconstructions, though they are admittedly best guess. Second, Hays distinguishes Moses' Tabernacle from Solomon's Temple with striking detail. He uses Scripture passages to show the difference between the two, namely how God Himself instructs Moses exactly how to build the Tabernacle while Solomon takes much upon himself to construct the Temple.

    I received this book free from the publisher in response for an honest review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to Understand Biblical Reference Guide
    August 12, 2016
    Veronica
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was an absolutely lovely Biblical Reference guide. The illustrations were excellent and truly helped to enhance the images that readers were forming in their minds. Additionally, overviews, conclusions, and summaries after expositions greatly aided in helping new knowledge sink in.

    I do not think I can find better words to describe this book than the ones located on the back cover, "Visually stunning and theologically rich, this full-color resource brings together the latest scholarship and archeological discoveries to make God's dwelling come alive for modern readers". Yes, and yes! Founded in many Biblical truths, this reference guide made fascinating points that spoke to my heart as a believer. I'd imagine that even people who do not necessarily have much interest in historical artifacts can greatly enjoy reading The Temple and the Tabernacle. This guide is not some dry history lecture; it is an expertly written study of God's dwelling places. Easy to understand, engaging, and written with a refreshingly simplistic approach to exploring theological truths; I was impressed with how well put together and fully researched the study was.

    Criticisms: I do, however, wish the author had capitalized the first letter of each third person pronoun that he used when referring to God. I've grown up always having seen and done this, so it personally makes me uncomfortable when "He" or "His" is not capitalized. Additionally, near the end of the book, there was a slight distinction placed between God and Jesus that confused me a bit. It would have made more sense to me personally if, instead of referring to "God" and "Christ" in the same sentence separately, perhaps he could have specified "God the Father" and "Christ", or something along those lines. I just would have liked for the author to have specified the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in terms of the Trinity.

    Overall, I am very grateful for the knowledge and wisdom this book has provided me with. There were numerous times that, as I read about the many continuations of themes and the incredible meanings behind them in the Bible, I paused in awe of our incredible, all knowing God. This study was a great eye-opener about how faithful, true, and merciful He has been all throughout history. I'd absolutely recommend this book to anyone, you won't be disappointed!

    {Note: Obviously, as with any study guide of this nature, one must use critical thinking - along with research - and not simply take everything as gospel truth. Praying to God and asking Him to reveal His truths to you is such an important first step before beginning any study. :) }

    **My thanks to the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program, who sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    God's presence with us
    August 11, 2016
    Clay
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Since the garden pictured in Genesis 1-3, God has been seeking to be present with His creation. Sin caused a rift in that early relationship, yet God did not give up on His creation. We see Him coming to establish a presence in the tabernacle at Mount Sinai and later at the Temple Mount in Solomons temple.

    Hays traces the presence of God from Genesis to Revelation, taking a close look at each place where God shows up, establishing a physical presence in mankinds midst. After dealing with God in the garden, Hays proceeds to give a detailed description of the Tabernacle that God provided for Moses. His discussion includes the articles that resided in the Tabernacle and outside in the courtyard.

    With the establishment of a kingship in Israel, Solomon built a permanent home for the ark and Gods presence. It was patterned in a similar way to the tabernacle but with significant differences that Hays points out. Following the pattern of mankind, sin caused the presence of God to leave the First Temple prior to its Babylonian destruction. Hays points out that until Christ set foot on the Temple Mount, Gods presence had been absent for approximately five hundred years.

    Hays deals with the Second Temple (or the rebuilt temple) after the return of the exiles to Jerusalem. He comments on the renovations that Herod the Great made and the lack of true piety that was exhibited by the priestly community leading up to and during the time of Christ. The result was the destruction of the temple for the second time.

    Hays concludes with a very brief examination of the temple today, our body when we are believers and the church itself. He looks briefly at Ezekiels temple and the final temple mentioned in the final chapters of Revelation.

    The book is not devotional in any way, but reads more like a tour guide through the history of the Tabernacle and Temple. With a bibliography, comprehensive general index, and scriptural index, the book will make a handy reference to the subject of tabernacle and temple within the Bible.

    One minor quibble. In the chapter on the tabernacle, Hays warns against making too close a reading of the articles, colors, and makeup of the tabernacle, as some have done. Yet, in the chapter on Solomons temple, he makes too find a point about the apparent lack of direct divine guidance and Israelite workmanship. I feel that Hays should have mentioned 1 Chronicles 22, where it speaks specifically of the Davidic influence on the first temple. It was David who began to produce the materials and by inference the plans for the temple. Solomon was not the sole individual involved.

    One minor wish. The book ends with a brief, very brief, review of what the temple means to us. My wish would be that this chapter had been much longer and a more full treatment of the subject. Hays just begins to explore the topic that understandably could be a book in itself.

    I would recommend Hays book as a resource to any Bible teacher, pastor or interested layman.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Temple and the Tabernacle
    August 10, 2016
    Gini
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    First impressions count. Academic comes to mind when I first looked at this book. And in some respects it is, but dont let that scare you off. Hays has written a book that is informative, thought provoking, and accessible to folks like me (a non-academic) and only about 200 pages long. There are no five questions for discussion at the end of each chapter either and that is a plus for a work like this one. A bibliography for those that want to know who this author consulted and endnotes for even more information are included. Pictures, charts, and graphic renderings break the narrative at appropriate spots and help the reader to more fully grasp the discussion that surrounds them.

    The content covers not only the tabernacle and temple architecture and furnishings, but also the history from each of the periods they represent. Thats the strength of this book for me. Hays focuses on the structures as Gods dwelling places among his people and the history that structure witnessed. As the structures become more elaborate and costly the history of the people of God descends into darker and darker periods. Hays spends no little amount of time looking between the lines of the biblical account of the reign of Solomon ferreting out the differences in the motive and means of temple construction during his tenure as compared to the same of the tabernacle during Moses time. Interesting reading and Im still mulling his take on it.

    Of course, theres more to come after Solomons temple and that is not ignored, but as in the history itself nothing until Herods structure comes close to the grandeur that was Solomons. Synagogues are not the temple or the tabernacle, but they have become the local gathering place for the people of God in the intervening years. Churches of today have some connection to the synagogues of that period. Herods temple stood as a reminder of the glory of yesteryear, but served as the focal point of institutionalized religion. The glory had departed much earlier.

    Hays last chapter covers the so what for the present time. This chapter, while a nice way to round out the dwelling places of God theme, felt hurried and incomplete. All the fun factoids related to the history of the temple and tabernacle had been used. The current dwelling place is still under construction and the visions of the completed structure are still difficult to describe. A look forward to Revelation sustains the peoples hope of the future dwelling place of God.

    I recommend this book for its readability and succinct coverage of a rather large topic.

    I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
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