The Tem­ple of Jerusalem

Simon Gold­hill
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By – August 15, 2012
One of a series of small books on great archi­tec­tur­al won­ders of the world, The Tem­ple of Jerusalem presents a use­ful sum­ma­ry of var­i­ous envi­sion­ings of the three Jew­ish struc­tures erect­ed on Mount Mori­ah, as well as their appro­pri­a­tion in stone and lore by oth­er cul­tures. Respect­ed Cam­bridge schol­ar Simon Gold­hill, whose writ­ing cen­ters on life in the ancient pagan world, is not an obvi­ous choice for this project, but he has per­formed well, despite a few too many nods to mul­ti­cul­tur­al cor­rect­ness. 

This is a sur­vey of the his­to­ry of the idea of the Tem­ple, as much as its actu­al his­to­ry, and as such, is very con­cerned with lat­er usage of the site by medieval Chris­tians and Moslems, as well as con­cep­tu­al bor­row­ings by anoth­er great bib­li­cal” peo­ple, the British. There is grip­ping his­to­ry and detail here, breezi­ly mov­ing from the career of the British sol­dier, bureau­crat and archae­ol­o­gist, Gen­er­al Sir Charles War­ren, to the Knights Tem­plar, freema­son­ry and the cur­rent Moslem struc­tures. There is also a fas­ci­nat­ing and well-illus­trat­ed sec­tion on wide­ly vari­ant draw­ings and mod­els of the Tem­ple. Illus.
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