Understanding the Holy Temple of the OT: From the Tabernacle to Solomon's Temple & Beyond
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Understanding the Holy Temple of the Old Testament offers a comprehensive overview of Israel's sanctuary throughout its history up until the first century. Beginning with the proto- sanctuary in Genesis, it shows how Abraham's offering up of Isaac on Mount Moriah established this site as a holy place of great significance for mankind. We then follow the dramatic story of the portable sanctuary of the Tabernacle in its long journey to Jerusalem, examining its features and associated rituals. A depiction of Solomon's Temple, famous for its splendor, is at the heart of the book. In addition, a tremendous amount of material, based on the evidence of ancient texts and recently discovered archaeological remains, is brought together to offer clues as to the precise location of this sacred building.

Understanding the Holy Temple of the Old Testament continues the story of the Temple and the platform that surrounded it through the post-exilic, Hellenistic, and Hasmonean periods. Leen Ritmeyer's authoritative reconstructive drawings imbue the stones of the Temple with meaning and offer insights to the scholar and interested layperson alike.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Carta Jerusalem
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 12.00 X 9.00 (inches)
ISBN: 9652208817
ISBN-13: 9789652208811
Series: Carta Jerusalem Introductory Atlas

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Leen Ritmeyer has been involved in all of Jerusalem's major excavations producing site plans and reconstruction drawings. In Jerusalem, he directed the Byzantine Cardo and the Herodian Villas and taught biblical archeology at the Universities of Leeds and Cardi in the U.K. He is the author of The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.



Kathleen Ritmeyer studied archeology at University College in Dublin, Ireland, and has participated in excavations in Ireland, Scotland, and Israel. She has a postgraduate certi cate in education. She works with Leen in their firm Ritmeyer Archaeological Design (www.ritmeyer.com) producing materials on biblical archaeology.

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  1. Kevin W. woodruff
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    For Anyone Interested in a Compact History of the Jerusalem Temple
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    Ritmeyer, Leen, and Kathleen Ritmeyer. Understanding the Holy Temple of the Old Testament: From the Tabernacle to Solomon's Temple and Beyond. Jerusalem, Israel: Carta Jerusalem, 2016. 48 pp. Paper $18.00.

    Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer are a husband-wife team who have written extensively on the archaeology of the Jerusalem area, Leen served as the archaeological architect with Benjamin Mazar from 1973 till 1983 on the excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. He has published several books on the archaeology of the Temple Mount, including his magnum opus, The Quest in which he details the history of the Temple Mount from earliest times to the Moslem conquest.

    In Understanding the Holy Temple of the Old Testament, the Ritmeyers survey the history of the various places of worship from the Garden of Eden to the Second Temple under the Hasmoneans. In a survey, the cover the sanctuaries that are discussed in Genesis including the Edenic sanctuary, the altars and worship of Abraham and Melchizedek, and the Tabernacle of Moses, along with a discussion of the structure of the Tabernacle, the components of the service of the Tabernacle, and a discussion of the various Mosaic feasts, including the Sabbath, Passover, Weeks, Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. They also discuss the movement of the Tabernacle from Sinai throughout the history of wanderings of the nation of Israel until its final destination of Jerusalem under King David.

    The Ritmeyers go on to discuss the First Temple built by Solomon including its preparation of materials for construction by King David, the construction by King Solomon, as well a detailed description of its design and construction, as well the various other religious accessories, like the Laver and the Ark of the Covenant. They go on to detail the service of the First Temple and proceed to talk about history of the Temple during the Divided Monarchy until its destruction by the Babylonians.

    They proceed to talk about the rebuilding of the Temple and its subsequent post-biblical history under the Persian and the intertestamental history of the Temple under the Hellenistic period under the Ptolemaic and Seleucid periods as detailed in the books of Maccabees.

    Finally, they relate the period of the Temple under the Hasmonean rulers up to the beginning of the reign of Herod the Great.

    The book, although brief, is profusely illustrated with colored pictures and diagrams that detail the discussion within the main portions of the book, including architectural renditions of the various components of the pre-Herodian Temple. It is very well documented with citations from other archaeologists, such as Avigad, Bahat, Mazar, Schick, Yadin, Shiloh, Warren, and Conder, and Wilson, as well as Ritmeyer's own articles over the years.They also cite from primary sources such as Flavius Josephus, the Apocrypha, and the Holy Scriptures to illustrate the archeological details of the First Temple and pre-Herodian Second Temple.

    For anyone that is interested in the history of the Temple, they would be strongly encouraged to purchase this compact but highly-detailed book. Although some may differ with Ritmeyer's discussion of the Edenic Genesis Sanctuary, the majority of the book is sound theologically, as well historically and archaeologically. This reviewer high recommends this volume for laymen such as Sunday School teachers, pastors, and anyone interested in the history of the Jerusalem Temple.
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