Abstract of Callister, Tad R. “Our Identity and Our Destiny.”

Callister, Tad R. “Our Identity and Our Destiny.” In Brigham Young University Speeches 2012-2013, 119-141. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2013. [Mormon/Theology/Deification/Ritual] The premise of this address given at BYU Education Week on 14 August 2012, is that it is fundamental in Mormonism to understand our identity as literal spirit sons and daughters of […]

Abstract of Grassi, Joseph A. “The Five Loaves of the High Priest.”

Grassi, Joseph A. “The Five Loaves of the High Priest.” Novum Testamentum 7, no. 2 (1964): 119-22. [Israel/ Priesthood/Ritual/Liturgy/Worship] This brief article suggests that there is a relationship between the story of Jesus’ discussion following eating some wheat plucked on the Sabbath and the story of David’s eating the shewbread. He justified it in terms […]

Abstract of Goldenberg, Robert. “The Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple: Its Meaning and Its Consequences.”

Goldenberg, Robert. “The Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple: Its Meaning and Its Consequences.” In The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume IV, The Late Roman Period, edited by Steven T. Kats, 191-205. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. [Israel/Herod/Destruction] Review: In this article author Robert Goldenberg studies the rabbinical literature relative to the destruction of the Jerusalem […]

Abstract of Geraty, Lawrence T. “The Jerusalem Temple of the Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context.”

Geraty, Lawrence T. “The Jerusalem Temple of the Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context.” In The Sanctuary and the Atonement: Biblical, Historical, and Theological Studies, edited by Arnold V. Wallenkampf and W. Richard Lesher, 37-66. Washington, D.C.: The Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1981. [Israel/ Solomon/Second Temple/Canaan] Abstract: Given the scholarly notion that […]

Summary of Gussmann, Oliver. Das Priesterverstandnis des Flavius Josephus.

Gussmann, Oliver. Das Priesterverstandnis des Flavius Josephus. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 124. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008. [Israel/Herod/Priesthood/Architecture/Sacred Vestments/Symbolism] Summary: The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus served as a priest of the Herodian temple of Jerusalem. He was not a member of one of the different religious parties of the Jewish community before the […]

Review of Thiessen, Matthew. Contesting Conversion: Genealogy, Circumcision and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity.

Thiessen, Matthew. Contesting Conversion: Genealogy, Circumcision and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. [Israel/Ritual/Liturgy/Worship/Covenants] Review: In this new book, Matthew Thiessen argues that in the Second Temple Period and even beyond 70 CE the genealogical nature of Jewishness remained contested, even by Jews. Much scholarship suggests that by the Second […]

Abstract of Dignas, Beate. Economy of the Sacred in Hellensitic and Roman Asia Minor.

Dignas, Beate. Economy of the Sacred in Hellensitic and Roman Asia Minor. Oxford Classical Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. [Israel/Rome] Abstract: This book challenges the idea that sanctuaries in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor were fully institutionalised within the cities that hosted them. Examining the forms of interaction between rulers, cities, and sanctuaries, the […]

Abstract of Bennett, Richard E. “‘Which Is the Wisest Course?’: The Transformation in Mormon Temple Consciousness, 1870-1898.”

Bennett, Richard E. “‘Which Is the Wisest Course?’: The Transformation in Mormon Temple Consciousness, 1870-1898.” Brigham Young University Studies 52, no. 2 (2013): 4-43. [Mormon/St. George/Salvation of the Dead/Ritual/Liturgy/Worship] If not creating a paradigm shift, this article is certainly path breaking. Its thesis places many important elements of LDS Church History between the Martyrdom and […]

Abstract of Avi-Yonah, Michael. “Editor’s Note.”

Avi-Yonah, Michael. “Editor’s Note.” Israel Exploration Journal 20, nos. 1-2 (1970): 73-74. [Israel/Herod/Synagogue/Architecture] In an article in the Israel Exploration Journal I. Renov argues that the so-called “Aaron panel” of the Dura-Europos synagogue depicts Herod’s Temple. As editor of the journal, Avi-Yonah attached a two page “Editor’s Note” in which he pointed out five major […]

Abstract of Fowler, Mervyn D. “Cultic Community at Tirzah? A Re-examination of the Archaeological Evidence.”

Fowler, Mervyn D. “Cultic Community at Tirzah? A Re-examination of the Archaeological Evidence.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 113 (January 1981): 27-31. [Israel/Canaan] Roland de Vaux excavated what was thought to be Biblical Terzah in the mid-Twentieth Century and claimed to have discovered what he thought was a cultic site that continued over several archaeological periods. Fowler […]