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Texts and Temples: on the Textual and Archaeological Architecture of Judean/Jewish Temples in the 7th-5th Centuries BCE

A PEF lecture, presented by Jonathan Stökl, UCL.

 

In this lecture I study the available archaeological data for places of worship of YHWH in ancient Judah/Yehud from the late Iron Age until the middle of the Persian period as well as the temple of Yahu ‘in the fortress of Jeb’, and compare this with the available textual evidence for temples. The archaeological evidence is considerably more varied than the biblical text are often thought to indicate, even with the absence of concrete data for the second temple in Jerusalem. The lecture will finish with a look at the significance of Deuteronomy 12 in the context of a plurality of temples.

 

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